On the luminescence signals of empty sample carriers


Luminescence dating is a leading technique for a large spectrum of Quaternary dating applications.
Since the development of automated reader systems, handling great amounts of samples has become
possible. A large quantity of data is produced in a short time and a detailed check of every single curve
is often impractical. Therefore, it is important to be confident in excluding any kind of unwanted signal
contributions, such as those from sample carriers. For commonly used types of steel and aluminium (Al)
carriers from three laboratories, luminescence characteristics of spurious and radiation-induced signals are presented. TL and OSL emissions of discs show natural (Al) and regenerated thermally stable signals in the UV, UV-blue and red detection range.
These signals have characteristic saturation doses of several hundred Gy. Furthermore, we demonstrate light insensitive signal components and phototransferred thermoluminescence (PTTL). Dueto high scatter between discs, the proportion of unwanted disc signal contribution to the entire signal is difficult to predict, without direct measurement.
The sources of these signals are possibly chemical compounds acting as luminophores or oxide layers
(Al2 O3 layers in case of Al discs).


Schmidt, C., Kreutzer, S., Fattahi, M., Bailey, R., Zander, A., Zöller, L. (2011): On the luminescence signals of empty sample carriers. – In: Ancient TL, Vol. 29(2), p: 65-74

Authors Schmidt, C. and Kreutzer, S. and Fattahi, M. and Bailey, R.M. and Zander, A. and Zöller, L
Type article
Title On the luminescence signals of empty sample carriers
Journal Ancient TL
Year 2011
Volume 29
Number 2
Pages 65-74
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