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Optically Stimulated Luminescence
Although a relatively new technique, particularly in subaqueous sediments, StrataData have pioneered its industrial application in dating superficial seabed deposits for geohazard risk assessment. Suitable for samples up to about Ka containing quartz. The quartz can be very fine grained c. Ideal for young sediments with no biogenic material present or where the age of the sediments exceeds the range of 14C dating c. Requires precise measurement of sample water content and salinity. The report will contain OSL results calibrated for sample water content and salinity. Turnaround time is several weeks to several months and very dependent on the time taken to prepare the samples, with organic rich samples taking the longest. Please contact us for more information. All sediments contain trace minerals including uranium, thorium and potassium.
Introduction How do we measure the OSL signal? How do we measure the radiation dose rate? Another way of dating glacial landforms is optically stimulated luminescence dating OSL. OSL is used on glacial landforms that contain sand, such as sandur or sediments in glacial streams. The OSL signal is reset by exposure to sunlight, so the signal is reset to zero while the sand is being transported such as in a glacial meltwater stream. Once the sand grain has been buried and it is no longer exposed to sunlight, the OSL signal starts to accumulate. OSL works because all sediments have some natural radioactivity, caused by the presence of uranium, thorium and potassium isotopes in heavy minerals such as zircons.
Please reference: Mallinson, D. Optically stimulated luminescence is a method of determining the age of burial of quartz or feldspar bearing sediments based upon principles of radiation and excitation within crystal lattices, and stems from the fact that imperfections in a crystal lattice have the ability to store ionizing energy Aitken , ; Botter -Jensen et al.