As part of a study to examine sensitivity changes in single aliquot techniques using optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) a series of experiments has been conducted with single aliquots of natural quartz, and the data compared with the results of computer simulations of the type of processes believed to be occurring. The computer model used includes both shallow and deep ('hard-to-bleach') traps, OSL ('easy-to-bleach') traps, and radiative and non-radiative recombination centres. The model has previously been used successfully to account for sensitivity changes in quartz due to thermal annealing. The simulations are able to reproduce qualitatively the main features of the experimental results including sensitivity changes as a function of reuse, and their dependence upon bleaching time and laboratory dose. The sensitivity changes are believed to be the result of a combination of shallow trap and deep trap effects.
|Journal||Radiation Protection Dosimetry|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
|Event||11th International Conference on Solid State Dosimetry - Budapest, Hungary|
Duration: 10 Jul 1995 → 14 Jul 1995
|Conference||11th International Conference on Solid State Dosimetry|
|Period||10/07/1995 → 14/07/1995|