Developing a single-aliquot protocol for measuring equivalent dose in biogenic carbonates

R. J. Stirling*, G. A. T. Duller, H. M. Roberts

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

16 Citations (SciVal)


Exploiting biogenic carbonates as thermoluminescence dosimeters requires an understanding of trap kinetics and an appropriate sequence with which to measure equivalent dose. The trap kinetics of two high temperature peaks (peaks II and III) from calcitic snail opercula have been investigated resulting in the calculation of lifetimes of 7.4 x 10(7) and 1.4 x 10(11) years for the two peaks respectively. Two measurement sequences, based upon changes in the application and measurement of a test dose, have been applied to peaks II and III, and though both methods were equally successful in dose recovery and production of a dose response curve some differences were observed. Primarily, the use of method 1 lead to dose dependant sensitivity change implying competition effects occurring during irradiation; method 2 did not experience this phenomenon. As a consequence method 2 was chosen as the most appropriate protocol for single-aliquot dating of this material.

When assessing the TL behaviour of the two peaks, peak II performed poorly in dose recovery experiments recovering a dose 60-100% larger than that applied. Disproportionate growth of peak II in response to a beta dose applied prior to measurement, compared to growth following regeneration doses indicated that peak II was not suitable for use in single-aliquot protocols. However, dose recovery results for peak Ill were all within errors of unity of the given dose, and peak Ill was therefore chosen as the most appropriate peak for TL dosimetry in these single-aliquot procedures. The lifetime of charge in peak Ill is sufficient to date over many millions of years, and furthermore using the chosen method 2 the dose response curve has a D-0 of 3,250 +/- 163 Gy allowing dating to over 3 million years. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)725-731
Number of pages7
JournalRadiation Measurements
Issue number9
Early online date31 Jan 2012
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012
EventProceedings of the 13th International Conference on Luminescence and Electron Spin - Toruń, Poland
Duration: 10 Jul 201114 Jul 2011


  • Dose recovery
  • Trap kinetics
  • Dose response
  • Dating
  • Biogenic calcite
  • Thermoluminescence


Dive into the research topics of 'Developing a single-aliquot protocol for measuring equivalent dose in biogenic carbonates'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this