Improving the accuracy and precision of equivalent doses determined using the optically stimulated luminescence signal from single grains of quartz

G. A. T. Duller*

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Abstract

Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) measurements of quartz are widely used to measure equivalent dose (D-e). At radiation doses above similar to 100 Gy, saturation of traps results in a decrease in the rate of growth of the OSL signal, and this makes calculation of D-e increasingly difficult. A series of dose recovery experiments was undertaken using single grains of quartz from Kalambo Falls, Zambia to explore saturation of single grains. When the OSL signal from many grains is averaged, the characteristic dose (D-0) is 47 Gy, typical of published values for quartz. However. D-0 for individual grains varies from similar to 10 to 100 Gy. Doses up to two times the average D-0 could be accurately recovered, but above this dose the D-e became increasingly underestimated. Overdispersion for this type of experiment should be zero, but was observed in all data sets; furthermore the value of overdispersion increased with D-e. An additional acceptance criterion, the Fast Ratio, is suggested for single grain OSL analysis. This criterion assesses the relative contribution of the fast component of the OSL signal. Including this as an additional acceptance criterion leads to an improved precision, with overdispersion reduced to zero, and improved accuracy in dose recovery at high doses. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)770-777
Number of pages8
JournalRadiation Measurements
Volume47
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012
Event13th International Conference on Luminescence and Electron Spin Resonance Dating (LED) - Torun, Poland
Duration: 10 Jul 201114 Jul 2011

Keywords

  • Dose recovery
  • Fast Ratio
  • FELDSPAR
  • COMPONENTS
  • Kalambo Falls
  • Overdispersion
  • Saturation
  • SEDIMENTS
  • OSL
  • DISTRIBUTIONS
  • DEPOSITS
  • BLOMBOS CAVE
  • SOUTH-AFRICA
  • MULTIPLE GRAINS

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