The photons are detected using a photomultiplier tube.

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Tammy Rittenour and Kerry Riley organized a successful 2016 Rocky Mountain Friends of the Pleistocene field trip to southern Utah in mid-October.

The typical turn-round time for providing a date is circa 2-6 months, although, rapid dating (circa 4-6 weeks or sometimes less, depending on machine time and sample type) using our fast track service can be undertaken.

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The trapping sites are imperfections of the lattice — impurities or defects.

The ionizing radiation produces electron-hole pairs: Electrons are in the conduction band and holes in the valence band.He has been involved in luminescence dating since 1986. Thank you for visting the Utah State University Luminescence Laboratory homepage! We currently have two RISO TL/OSL Readers and one with a single-grain attachment.The electrons that have been excited to the conduction band may become entrapped in the electron or hole traps.Under stimulation of light the electrons may free themselves from the trap and get into the conduction band.The OSL dosimeter provides a new degree of sensitivity by giving an accurate reading as low as 1 mrem for x-ray and gamma ray photons with energies ranging from 5 ke V to greater than 40 Me V.