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Introduction to Optical Dating: The Dating of Quaternary Sediments by the Use of Photon-stimulated Luminescence

Handbook / Manual

By: Martin J Aitken

267 pages, 105 figs

Clarendon Press

Hardback | Jul 1998 | #83371 | ISBN: 0198540922
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Written by the world's leading expert, this is an accessible introduction to optical dating for earth scientists who rely on the results given without needing to understand the technicalities of the technique. The basic notions and procedures are outlined through illustrative case histories.


Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2; 2.1 Natural radioactivity; 2.2 The natural dose-rate; 2.3 Evaluation of dose-rate; 2.4 Artificial irradiation; 2.5 Dependence on rate at which dose is delivered, and on temperature; Chapter 3; 3.1 Sample collection; 3.2 Preparation of aliquots for OSL measurement; 3.3 Measurement of OSL; Chapter 4; 4.1 Unwanted signals: backgrounds and residuals; 4.2 Irradiation and preheating; 4.3 Multi-aliquot methods; 4.4 The single-aliquot; Chapter 5; 5.1 Aeolian deposits; 5.2 Water-laid sediment; 5.3 Organic-rich sediment; 5.4 Glaciation-related deposits; 5.5 Earthquake-related studies; 5.6 Two unusual applications; 5.7 Applications other than sediment dating; Chapter 6; 6.1 Factors affecting rapidity of bleaching; 6.2 The level reached; 6.3 Intrinsic indications about zeroing - analysis of the shine-down curve; 6.4 Other intrinsic indications about zeroing; Chapter 7; 7.1 Thermal transfer; 7.2 Shine-curve analysis revisited; 7.3 Reasons for preheating; 7.4 Preheating of feldspars and polymineral fine-grains; 7.5 Preheating of quartz; 7.6 Quartz preheating and sensitivity change; 7.7 Retention lifetimes

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