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Lund Luminescence Laboratory

Luminescence dating is a geochronological technique that spans the Late Quaternary. It is particularly useful for minerogenic sediments, for example as optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating of quartz and infrared stimulated luminescence (IRSL) dating of feldspar. Thermoluminescence (TL) dating can also be used to determine the age of pottery.

The Lund Luminescence Laboratory was established in 2011, as the first of its kind in Sweden. It now houses two Risø TL/OSL-readers model DA-20, with options to do OSL, pulsed OSL, IRSL and TL, as well as a SUERC portable reader. In the adjoining rooms mechanical and chemical preparation of samples can be carried out under darkroom conditions.

Head of laboratory: Helena Alexanderson

Luminescence lab.
The reader room at the Lund Luminescence Laboratory. Photo: H Alexanderson.



Map marking study sites of the Lund Luminescence Laboratory. Click the pins on the map for links to the specific studies.



Laboratory staff
Helena Alexanderson
Head of laboratory, professor
Contact for general questions and geological dating

Amber Hood
Researcher, PhD
Contact for archaeological dating

Active associates/alumni
Ingrid Bejarano Arias
Dr Isa Doverbratt
Dr Edyta Kalinska
Dr Martin Lund
Roos van Wees

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