Dose-Rate Estimation using α-Al2O3:C Chips: Aftermath

Sebastian Kreutzer, Chantal Tribolo, Loïc Martin, Norbert Mercier

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We present additional experiments for α-Al2O3:C chips used to estimate in situ gamma-dose rates. Our contribution supplements the article by Kreutzer et al.~(2018) and presents results from previously announced follow-up experiments. (1) We investigate the divergent gamma-dose rate results we obtained from cross-check experiments for one reference site. (2) We discuss the origin of encountered large inter-aliquot scatter using results from low-level background and calibration measurements. (3) We show that the chip geometries vary considerably, which may partly contribute to additional inter-aliquot scatter, regardless of an overall good reproducibility of results. (4) We report new source-calibration results after replacing the beta-source housing of our measurement system, which resulted in an increase of the source dose rate at the sample position by ca 37%. GEANT4 simulations show that the increased dose rate is likely caused by an unfortunate fabrication tolerance of the shutter in front of the beta-source, which, in combination with the chip geometry, significantly contributes to the observed inter-aliquot scatter. (5) Finally, we introduce a newly developed shiny application we use at the IRAMAT-CRP2A to analyse  α-Al2O3:C measurements. The application is open-source and freely available.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalAncient TL
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2020


  • Dosimetry
  • Al2O3:C
  • Luminescence


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