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The slow component of quartz optically stimulated luminescence



The slow component of quartz optically stimulated luminescence



Radiation Measurements 32(3): 233-246



The slow component of quartz OSL displays a number of properties that clearly distinguish it from the main (‘rapidly bleachable’) part of the quartz OSL signal traditionally used for dating. These properties include an extremely high thermal stability, dose saturation level and a charge concentration dependence in both signal form and decay rate. The physical mechanism responsible for the slow component is thought at present to involve a direct donor–acceptor recombination component, possibly associated with competing pathways below, and possibly up to, the conduction band. The thermal stability and high dose saturation characteristics of the slow component suggest much potential for long-range dating exists although at present it is uncertain whether difficulties associated with partial resetting may preclude routine use of the slow component for dating sedimentary deposits. A single-aliquot additive dose method was however used to obtain an estimate of De from the slow component for an Egyptian quartz sample that was in broad agreement with previous estimates based on the standard multiple-aliquot additive dose method.The slow component is often small in magnitude compared to the initial portion of the quartz OSL decay. However, this is not always the case and for some samples significant inaccuracies in De estimation may occur when deriving ages from the initial ‘rapidly bleaching’ portion of the OSL decay if the effect of the slow component is ignored or taken to be constant.

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DOI: 10.1016/s1350-4487(99)00285-1


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