Optical dating of single sand-sized grains of quartz: sources of variability

G. A. T. Duller, L. Bøtter-Jensen, A. S. Murray

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Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) measurements have been made of over 3000 sand-sized grains of quartz. Analysis at this scale highlights the variability in the luminescence sensitivity and the dose saturation characteristics of individual quartz grains. Using a new instrument capable of measuring single grains it is feasible to routinely measure the equivalent dose from many hundreds of grains from each sample. Analysis of such datasets requires assessment of the uncertainties on each equivalent dose since these may vary significantly. This paper assesses the significance of signal intensity, dose saturation characteristics and instrument uncertainty in equivalent dose calculation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-457
Number of pages5
JournalRadiation Measurements
Issue number5-6
Early online date16 Aug 2000
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2000
Event9th International Conference on Luminescence and Electron-Spin Resonance Dating (LED99) - ROME, Italy
Duration: 06 Sept 199910 Sept 1999


  • stimulated luminescence
  • sediments


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