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Electron Spin Resonance Dating of Fossil Tooth Enamel

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6326-5_71-1

Synonyms

Definitions

Electron spin resonance (ESR) dating: a chronometric dating method based on the evaluation of the exposure of some materials to natural radioactivity, which is quantified in terms of absorbed radiation dose and corresponds to the energy deposited in the matter by ionizing radiations.

DE: equivalent dose. The total absorbed radiation dose as measured in the laboratory.

ka: 1,000 years.

Ma: 1,000,000 years.

Introduction

The first ESR dating applications to fossil bones were published in the early 1980s (e.g., Ikeya and Miki 1980). Given the potential of this kind of material, studies were quickly reoriented toward fossil tooth enamel, which has more suitable characteristics for dating (Grün and Schwarcz 1987). Then, the method progressively gained in accuracy over the following decades, especially via a better understanding of the ESR signal of fossil enamel and its behavior with the absorbed dose....

Keywords

Electron Spin Resonance Electron Spin Resonance Signal Electron Spin Resonance Spectrometry Tooth Enamel Dental Tissue 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ESR dating laboratory, Geochronology programCentro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH)BurgosEspaña