Improving the TT-OSL SAR protocol through source trap characterisation

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Thermally-transferred optically stimulated luminescence (TT-OSL) extends the age range of OSL dating using quartz. A set of experiments have been undertaken to determine the kinetic parameters of the TT-OSL source traps, and this information has been used to propose an improved TT-OSL single aliquot regenerative (SAR) dose protocol. By combining together OSL and thermoluminescence (TL) measurements on fine-grained quartz, a correspondence between TL peaks and the TT-OSL signal is found. The thermal stability of the main TT-OSL trap was estimated by applying Hoogenstraaten’s method and allowing for thermal quenching; this predicts a lifetime of 4.5 Ma at 10 °C. A set of experiments were undertaken to refine the treatment needed at the end of each SAR cycle to erase the previously acquired TT-OSL signal. An improved TT-OSL SAR protocol using this treatment is proposed, and it is tested on quartz from a young Holocene sample. These tests yielded excellent recycling ratios and excellent dose recovery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)768-777
Number of pages10
JournalRadiation Measurements
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010


  • Kinetic parameters
  • OSL
  • Quartz
  • Recuperation
  • TT-OSL


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