Exploring procedures for the rapid assessment of optically stimulated luminescence range-finder ages

Type Article
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)582-587
Number of pages6
JournalRadiation Measurements
Issue number5-6
Early online date27 Feb 2009
Publication statusPublished - May 2009
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Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating of sediments is a lengthy, labour-intensive, and time-consuming procedure. However, in some situations a rough approximation of the OSL age is all that is necessary e.g. for a pilot field campaign, to plan a sampling strategy, or to determine the resolution required for a dating campaign. Thus, it would be useful to establish an approximate OSL age without the lengthy and involved processes normally used. This paper explores how the standard procedures involved in OSL age determinations can be simplified to yield range-finder ages. Three areas are examined, namely, laboratory preparation, De estimation, and dose-rate determination. The consequences of circumventing some of the preparation and measurement steps of conventional OSL dating are examined for a variety of sediments, by comparing the OSL range-finder ages to those obtained using full quartz OSL preparation and measurement procedures.


  • Optically stimulated luminescence, Quartz, Range-finder OSL dating, OSL sample preparation, Dose-rate assessment