Equivalent dose determination using a quartz isothermal TL signal

D.A.G. Vandenberghe, Mayank Jain, A.S. Murray

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    We report on further developments in the use of an isothermal thermoluminescence (ITL) signal for determining the equivalent dose (De) in unheated sedimentary quartz. In order to minimise sensitivity change during the first measurement, the ITL signal is measured at 270 °C following a preheat at 300 °C for 10 s. The decay curve can be represented well by the sum of two exponentially decaying functions plus a constant. The two decaying components hold the dosimetric information; they both appear to originate with the 325 °C region of the glow curve, and are thermally stable. This composite signal can be fully reset by sunlight, and grows with dose over at least the same range as the OSL signal. A single-aliquot regenerative-dose (SAR) protocol can be used with this ITL signal. Dose recovery experiments confirm the suitability of the measurement protocol; the De values are in acceptable agreement with the expected burial dose in samples from a variety of depositional environments and ages. Our results suggest that measurement of the ITL signal at 270 °C enables the quartz 325 °C TL peak to be used for accurate dose measurements on a single aliquot. The signal allows dating over at least the same age range as the OSL signal, and it appears especially advantageous for application to quartz samples for which the OSL signal saturates below 500 Gy.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalRadiation Measurements
    Issue number5-6
    Pages (from-to)439-444
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event12th International Conference on Luminescence and Electron Spin Resonance Dating - Beijing, China
    Duration: 18 Sep 200822 Sep 2008


    Conference12th International Conference on Luminescence and Electron Spin Resonance Dating


    • Radiation physics
    • Nuclear technologies


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