A novel coupled RPL/OSL system to understand the dynamics of the metastable states

M. Jain*, R. Kumar, Myungho Kook

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Metastable states form by charge (electron and hole) capture in defects in a solid. They play an important role in dosimetry, information storage, and many medical and industrial applications of photonics. Despite many decades of research, the exact mechanisms resulting in luminescence signals such as optically/thermally stimulated luminescence (OSL or TL) or long persistent luminescence through charge transfer across the metastable states remain poorly understood. Our lack of understanding owes to the fact that such luminescence signals arise from a convolution of several steps such as charge (de)trapping, transport and recombination, which are not possible to track individually. Here we present a novel coupled RPL(radio-photoluminescence)/OSL system based on an electron trap in a ubiquitous, natural, geophotonic mineral called feldspar (aluminosilicate). RPL/OSL allows understanding the dynamics of the trapped electrons and trapped holes individually. We elucidate for the first time trap distribution, thermal eviction, and radiation-induced growth of trapped electron and holes. The new methods and insights provided here are crucial for next generation model-based applications of luminescence dating in Earth and environmental sciences, e.g. thermochronometry and photochronometry.
Original languageEnglish
Article number15565
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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