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An Introduction to Optical Dating
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Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2 2.1: Natural radioactivity 2.2: The natural dose-rate 2.3: Evaluation of dose-rate 2.4: Artificial irradiation 2.5: Dependence on rate at which dose is delivered, and on temperature Chapter 3 3.1: Sample collection 3.2: Preparation of aliquots for OSL measurement 3.3: Measurement of OSL Chapter 4 4.1: Unwanted signals: backgrounds and residuals 4.2: Irradiation and preheating 4.3: Multi-aliquot methods 4.4: The single-aliquot Chapter 5 5.1: Aeolian deposits 5.2: Water-laid sediment 5.3: Organic-rich sediment 5.4: Glaciation-related deposits 5.5: Earthquake-related studies 5.6: Two unusual applications 5.7: Applications other than sediment dating Chapter 6 6.1: Factors affecting rapidity of bleaching 6.2: The level reached 6.3: Intrinsic indications about zeroing - analysis of the shine-down curve 6.4: Other intrinsic indications about zeroing Chapter 7 7.1: Thermal transfer 7.2: Shine-curve analysis revisited 7.3: Reasons for preheating 7.4: Preheating of feldspars and polymineral fine-grains 7.5: Preheating of quartz 7.6: Quartz preheating and sensitivity change 7.7: Retention lifetimes

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`'...highly timely and very welcome...With this book, Martin Aitken has put together the materials for readers to choose and to make new tools to tackle the problems encountered in optical dating.'' The Holocene, 1999 ' This hardback book exudes authority ... the book's author was one of the foremost authorities in his field... fascinating and relatively easy to read' Open University Geological Society

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