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

Introduction to Optical Dating

The Dating of Quaternary Sediments by the Use of Photon-stimulated Luminescence

Hardcover Published: 9th July 1998
ISBN: 9780198540922
Number Of Pages: 280

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Optical dating is a rapidly developing technique, used primarily in the dating of sediments deposited in the last 500,000 or more years, and increasing numbers of Quaternary geologists, physical geographers, archaeologists, and anthropologists are now relying on the results. Written by one of the foremost experts on optical dating, this book aims to bring together in a coherent whole the various strands of research that are ongoing in the area. It gives beginners an introduction to the technique while providing experienced practitioners with a valuable source of up-to-date references. The text is divided into three parts: main text, technical notes and appendices. In this way the main text is accessible to researchers with a limited knowledge of physics, while the technical notes provide the details for anyone wishing to understand the techniques completely. The first part of the book presents basic notions and introduces the standard techniques, along with several illustrative case histories. The book then proceeds to discuss the limitations of the technique and the factors affecting reliability.

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`'...highly timely and very welcome...With this book, Martin Aitken has put together the materials for readers to choose and to make new tools to tackle the problems encountered in optical dating.'' The Holocene, 1999 ' This hardback book exudes authority ... the book's author was one of the foremost authorities in his field... fascinating and relatively easy to read' Open University Geological Society

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

ISBN: 9780198540922
ISBN-10: 0198540922
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 9th July 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.18 x 16.18  x 2.11
Weight (kg): 0.51

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