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Quartz thermoluminescence spectra in the high‑dose range

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Schmidt, Christoph ; Woda, Clemens:
Quartz thermoluminescence spectra in the high‑dose range.
In: Physics and Chemistry of Minerals. Vol. 46 (2019) Issue 9 . - pp. 861-875.
ISSN 1432-2021
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00269-019-01046-w

Official URL: Volltext

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Project financing: Oberfrankenstiftung

Abstract in another language

The red thermoluminescence (RTL) emission of quartz is associated with advantageous features such as high saturation dose and good reproducibility. Previous studies, however, noted inexplicable RTL glow curve shapes with new peaks at large doses (kGy range). Here we present TL spectra of two granitic quartz samples over the additive γ-dose range 0.1–47.9 kGy. While for doses between 0.4 and 1 kGy the TL spectra are dominated by the red emission at 1.95 eV (630 nm), a blue emission at 2.67 eV (465 nm) becomes prominent for higher doses. For one sample, this blue component completely dominates the spectrum for doses > 12.2 kGy with intensity maxima around 200 °C and > 350 °C (heating rate 2 K s−1). The other sample still contains well resolvable red and blue emissions at the largest dose with similar TL peak positions. Signal saturation for the blue emission in the glow curve range 260–300 °C is not yet reached following an additive γ-dose of 47.9 kGy, whereas the red emission generally shows a more subdued signal response for doses > 5–12 kGy. These findings agree qualitatively with additional monochromatic blue and red TL measurements on the same samples. The evolution of supplementary radiofluorescence spectra over the entire γ-dose range is more complex, but suggests that the sensitisation of the blue wavelength region occurs during heating and not during irradiation and through creation of electron traps rather than recombination centres (most likely [AlO4]0 sites). The sharp sensitivity increase at 1 kGy might likewise be related to alkali ion redistribution and/or the removal of non-radiative competitive recombination pathways. While the blue emission still requires thorough investigation, care should be taken when recording RTL using optical filters since significant portions of the registered TL could originate from the blue component entering the RTL transmission window. In practical terms, the dose-dependent change in relative intensities of blue and red TL emissions might help in detecting exposure to high doses.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Luminescence; Radiofluorescence; Red thermoluminescence; Gamma-dose; Sensitivity change; Recombination centre
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Former Professors > Chair Geomorphology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ludwig Zöller
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Ecology and the Environmental Sciences
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Nonlinear Dynamics
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 550 Earth sciences, geology
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2019 06:42
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2019 06:42
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/52773