Osl dating labs


21-Mar-2020 10:16

The exposure of quartz and feldspar grains to sunlight for 60 seconds effectively diminishes the time-stored OSL signal to a low definable level.

This residual level is the point from which the geological OSL signal accumulates post burial.

Mineral separations are performed by standard techniques using heavy liquids and hydrofluoric acid (HF) to digest non-quartz minerals and etch the outer 10 to 20 µm of quartz grains which are affected alpha radiation.

The purity of the quartz extract is primal for effective dating because a small amount contamination (1%) by potassium feldspar and other minerals can dominate the luminescence emissions.

The radioactive decay of 40K releases beta and gamma radiation, whereas the decay in the U and Th series generates mostly alpha particles and some beta and gamma radiation.

Alpha particles are about 90 to 95% less effective in inducing luminescence compared to beta and gamma radiation.

The OSL signal of potassium feldspar is usually more resista nt to solar resetting than most quartz.

Exposure of mineral grains to light or heat (at least 300˚C) reduces the luminescence to a low and definable residual level.A subpopulation of stored electrons with trap depths of ~1.3 to 3 e V is a subsequent source for time-diagnostic luminescence emissions.



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