Interpreting luminescence data from a portable OSL reader: three case studies in fluvial settings

Munoz-Salinas, E., Bishop, P., Sanderson, D.C.W. and Zamorano, J.-J. (2011) Interpreting luminescence data from a portable OSL reader: three case studies in fluvial settings. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 36(5), pp. 651-660. (doi: 10.1002/esp.2084)

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Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) is a technique that has been applied from the mid-1980s, mainly for sediment dating. The OSL technique is based on sample stimulation by light to determine the luminescence signal that is stored in the crystal lattices of sediment grains after deposition, burial by later sediment and subsequent exposure to ionizing radiation from radioactive elements in the surrounding sediment. In such sediment dating, two parameters are required: the equivalent dose (i.e. the luminescence signal stored in the grains), and the dose rate (i.e. the ionizing energy from α, β and γ radiation emitted by naturally occurring radioisotopes in the deposit, plus the effects of cosmic radiation). In this research, the OSL technique is not used for dating. The study goal is to analyse only the luminescence signals (the total photon counts) in polymineral samples obtained after light stimulation in the blue (BLSL) and infrared (IRSL) wavelengths using a portable OSL reader designed and built at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC). Three fluvial case studies – from Cambodia, Australia and Mexico – are used to illustrate the geomorphological interpretations possible with the portable OSL reader data from sediments resulting from a range of different depositional processes. The case studies show that aspects of sediment's transport and depositional processes can be inferred from the portable OSL reader data, providing valuable insights into geomorphological history.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Munoz-Salinas, Dr Esperanza and Sanderson, Professor David and Bishop, Professor Paul
Authors: Munoz-Salinas, E., Bishop, P., Sanderson, D.C.W., and Zamorano, J.-J.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences > Geography
Journal Name:Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
Publisher:John Wiley and Sons Ltd.
Published Online:16 October 2010

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
413351Early historic landscapes and the rise of centralised states on the Mekong delta, CambodiaPaul BishopArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)119196/1SCHOOL OF GEOGRAPHICAL & EARTH SCIENCES