Zeroing of the OSL signal as a function of grain size: Investigating bleaching and thermal transfer for a young fluvial sample

Jimi L. Truelsen, Jakob Wallinga

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Abstract

Previous studies have indicated that the OSL signal from coarser grain-size fractions might be more completely reset during fluvial transport. In this study we investigate whether this feature is real, or rather an artefact of thermal transfer effects that might affect finer grains more due to smaller thermal lag during heat treatment. Our experimental results obtained on three grain-size fractions (90-125, 180-212 and 425-500 µm) clearly show that better bleaching of coarser grains is not caused by differences in thermal transfer. On the basis of our results we advise selecting a coarse grain size for analysis when dating young fluvial deposits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalGeochronometria
Volume22
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Fluvial
  • Grain Size
  • Optical Dating
  • Poor Bleaching
  • Quartz

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