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Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dating (OSL)Back to Geochronology Studies

OSL Optically Stimulated Luminescence dating is a technique of dating Late Quaternary sediments
deposited by various transporting agencies after their erosion from parent rock. Commonly occurring insulator minerals
like Quartz and feldspar are used as a dosimeter.
These minerals acquire radiation doses (De) from environmental dose rate (Dr) arise due to decay of radioactive elements
like U, Th and K and cosmic rays. Burial dose (De) is measured and annual dose rate (Dr) is calculated in the laboratory.
The simplest formula for estimation of age is, total dose accumulated in the minerals (De) divided by annual dose rate (Dr). Advantages:
Directly gives the age. No calibration required Can date material of few hundred to few lakh years. Suitable for all sedimentary environments

Standard Operating Procedure


The OSL laboratory, GSI, Faridabad, is equipped with three OSL dating instruments
  1. Risoe TL/OSL DA-15 – 1no.
  2. Risoe TL/OSL DA-20 – 2nos.

Existing Locations:

    NCEGR, Faridabad

    Additional Director General
    National Mission Head-IV
    Central Headquater
    Geological Survey of India
    15 A & B Kyd Street
    Fax- 033-22861716
    Email- hodm4@gsi.gov.in
For any feedback or issues, please write to ocbis.helpdesk@gsi.gov.in or call IP Phone 10013/10014, BSNL 033-2357-1775
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