Absorbed dose, equivalent dose, measured dose rates, and implications for OSL age estimates: Introducing the Average Dose Model

Guillaume Guerin, C. Christophe, A. Philippe, Andrew Sean Murray, Kristina Jørkov Thomsen, Chantal Tribolo, Petra Urbanova, Mayank Jain, Pierre Guibert, Norbert Mercier, Sebastian Kreutzer, Christelle Lahaye

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    Abstract

    Luminescence ages are calculated by dividing an absorbed dose by the dose rate to which the natural dosimeter has been exposed. In practice, one measures an equivalent dose, De; in the absence of an alpha dose contribution, this should be indistinguishable from the dose absorbed in nature. Here we first review the relationship between absorbed dose, equivalent dose and dose rate, and the measurements that lead to their estimation; we restate that, in contrast to recent suggestions, an equivalent dose is not a physically different quantity from a beta or gamma dose absorbed by quartz grains. Statistical analysis of OSL data is of great importance when dealing with single grain data, since such data commonly exhibit significant scatter. However, dose rate measurements provide an arithmetic mean of dose rates absorbed by individual grains; in this article, we propose a new model to estimate the average dose absorbed by the grains. We thus introduce a new model for OSL age estimates: the Average Dose Model (ADM). We argue that ADM ages should be more accurate than Central Age Model (CAM) based ages, and we provide experimental evidence supporting this expectation. We also argue that the use of the Finite Mixture Model should be avoided. Finally, we discuss the implications for multi-grain age estimates derived from well-bleached samples.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalQuaternary Geochronology
    Volume41
    Pages (from-to)163-173
    ISSN1871-1014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Keywords

    • OSL data analysis
    • Dose rate measurements
    • Central Age Model
    • Average Dose Model

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    Guerin, G., Christophe, C., Philippe, A., Murray, A. S., Thomsen, K. J., Tribolo, C., Urbanova, P., Jain, M., Guibert, P., Mercier, N., Kreutzer, S., & Lahaye, C. (2017). Absorbed dose, equivalent dose, measured dose rates, and implications for OSL age estimates: Introducing the Average Dose Model. Quaternary Geochronology, 41, 163-173. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quageo.2017.04.002