Application of the single-aliquot regenerative-dose protocol to the 375°C quartz TL signal

A. S. Murray, A. G. Wintle

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We report on investigations into the suitability of a single-aliquot regenerative-dose (SAR) protocol applied to the isothermal TL signal obtained from quartz held at 330°C. Samples are first thermally and optically pretreated to remove any signal from the 325°C TL trap. It is shown that the regenerated TL decay curve has the same shape as the natural one, and that recuperation is negligible. Examination of the TL glow curve before and after isothermal measurement suggests that the isothermal signal comes mainly from the 375°C TL peak, and a pulse anneal experiment is used to confirm this. This signal is bleached by simulated sunlight, with a fast component (making up about 60% of the total natural signal) bleaching about 30 times faster than a slower component. The SAR protocol is then applied to 9 samples from various depositional environments, and it is shown that the resulting data satisfy the internal checks of reliability, i.e., independence of prior treatment, and absence of recuperation. Examination of the sensitivity-corrected growth curve shows that the applicable age range for this signal may be only slightly greater than that from the OSL signal derived from the 325°C peak. This limited advantage is offset by the much greater difficulty of bleaching
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-583
Number of pages5
JournalRadiation Measurements
Issue number5-6
Early online date16 Aug 2000
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2000


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