Introduction to Optical Dating: The Dating of Quaternary Sediments by the Use of Photon-stimulated…

Hardcover | July 1, 1998

byM. J. Aitken

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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. As such increasing numbers of Quaternary geologists, physical geographers, archaeologists, and anthropologists are now relying on the results produced.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 as well as acting as a valuable source of up to date references. The textis divided into three parts; main text, technical notes and appendices. In this way the main text is accessible by those researchers with a limited knowledge of physics, with the technical notes providing depth of understanding for those who require it. The first part of the book is concerned withbasic notions and an introduction to the standard techniques, as well as several illustrative case histories. It goes on to then discuss the limitations of the technique and factors affecting reliability.

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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. As such increasing numbers of Quaternary geologists, physical geographers, archaeologists, and anthropologists are now relying on the results produced.Written by one of the foremost experts on optical...

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Format:HardcoverPublished:July 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198540922

ISBN - 13:9780198540922

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: IntroductionChapter 22.1. Natural radioactivity2.2. The natural dose-rate2.3. Evaluation of dose-rate2.4. Artificial irradiation2.5. Dependence on rate at which dose is delivered, and on temperatureChapter 33.1. Sample collection3.2. Preparation of aliquots for OSL measurement3.3. Measurement of OSLChapter 44.1. Unwanted signals: backgrounds and residuals4.2. Irradiation and preheating4.3. Multi-aliquot methods4.4. The single-aliquotChapter 55.1. Aeolian deposits5.2. Water-laid sediment5.3. Organic-rich sediment5.4. Glaciation-related deposits5.5. Earthquake-related studies5.6. Two unusual applications5.7. Applications other than sediment datingChapter 66.1. Factors affecting rapidity of bleaching6.2. The level reached6.3. Intrinsic indications about zeroing - analysis of the shine-down curve6.4. Other intrinsic indications about zeroingChapter 77.1. Thermal transfer7.2. Shine-curve analysis revisited7.3. Reasons for preheating7.4. Preheating of feldspars and polymineral fine-grains7.5. Preheating of quartz7.6. Quartz preheating and sensitivity change7.7. Retention lifetimes

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' 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