Spatially resolved detection of luminescence: a unique tool for archaeochronometry
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Archaeochronometry uses luminescence dating to reveal ages of sediments and artefacts. Uncertainties in luminescence ages are partly related to the dating procedure, which uses grain separates. This is particularly true for stone surfaces, which require an imaging method for luminescence detection. Here we present the development of a novel luminescence device with high spatial resolution as well as signal-to-noise ratio and data processing software that now allows us to determine palaeodoses and potentially the dose-rate for cut sections of rocks and artefacts. The determination of the luminescence age of single mineral grains within sections and even of selected zones within grains becomes feasible, opening up a wide field of new applications.
KeywordsData Processing High Spatial Resolution Imaging Method Processing Software Wide Field
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