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Volume 40, Issue 4 (Dec 2013)


ESR dose response of Al center measured in quartz samples from the Yellow River (China): Implications for the dating of Upper Pleistocene sediment

Pierre Voinchet
  • Département de Préhistoire du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, UMR 7194 CNRS, 1 rue René Panhard, 75013, Paris, France
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  • State Key Laboratory of Earthquake Dynamics, Institute of Geology, China Earthquake Administration, Beijing, 100029, China
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Published Online: 2013-09-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13386-013-0131-8


The ESR dating method requires to describe the evolution of the ESR signal intensities vs. increasing gamma doses, then to extrapolate the equivalent dose of radiation received by the sample since its deposition using mathematical fitting. The function classically used to describe the growth curves of ESR aluminium signal in quartz was recently discussed and challenged for Lower Pleistocene sediments. In the present work, some alluvial sediments sampled in Upper Pleistocene fluvial terraces of the Yellow River system (China) permit us to test the application of another extrapolation function (linear + exponential) recently proposed for Lower Pleistocene sediments. The equivalent doses obtained here for the recent deposits of the Yellow River system and the corresponding ages are promising and indicate the potential of ESR to date quartz deposits from Upper Pleistocene times.

Keywords: ESR dating method; quartz; Upper Pleistocene; equivalent dose determination; exponential plus linear function

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