The fast ratio: A rapid measure for testing the dominance of the fast component in the initial OSL signal from quartz

J. A. Durcan, G. A. T. Duller

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Abstract

The signal from the fast component is usually considered preferable for quartz optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating, however its presence in a continuous wave (CW) OSL signal is often assumed, rather than verified. This paper presents an objective measure (termed the fast ratio) for testing the dominance of the fast component in the initial part of a quartz OSL signal. The ratio is based upon the photo ionisation cross-sections of the fast and medium components and the power of the measurement equipment used to record the OSL signal, and it compares parts of the OSL signal selected to represent the fast and medium components. The ability of the fast ratio to distinguish between samples whose CW-OSL signal is dominated by the fast and non-fast components is demonstrated by comparing the fast ratio with the contribution of the fast component calculated from curve deconvolution of measured OSL signals and from simulated data. The ratio offers a rapid method for screening a large number of OSL signals obtained for individual equivalent dose estimates, it can be calculated and applied as easily as other routine screening methods, and is transferrable between different aliquots, samples and measurement equipment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1065-1072
Number of pages8
JournalRadiation Measurements
Volume46
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2011

Keywords

  • Dating
  • Fast component
  • Fast ratio
  • Luminescence
  • Photo ionisation cross-section

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