USGS Luminescence Dating Laboratory

Welcome to the USGS Luminescence Dating Laboratory Site. Information describing the principles of the dating technique, applications and types of dating, as well as more technical information for prospective customers can be found at this site.

Upcoming Workshops

10th New World Luminescence Dating Workshop!
Host: Dr. Joel Spencer
Where: Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
When: June 18-20 , 2015
Contact: for more information

Chart showing increasing number of documents tagged with luminescence dating keywords from 1990 to present. Chart showing number of documents tagged with luminescence dating keywords over time. (S. Mahan, USGS)

For very detailed information on luminescence dating, read

  • An Introduction to Optical Dating, M.J. Aitken, 1998, Oxford University Press, 267 p.
  • Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dosimetry, Lars Botter-Jensen, Stephen W.S. McKeever, Ann G. Wintle, Elsevier Books, 2003, 355 p.
  • Rhodes, E.J., 2011, Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dating of Sediments over the Past 200,000 Years: Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 39, p. 461-488. doi: 10.1146/annurev-earth-040610-133425.
  • Luminescence Dating, Geoff A.T. Duller, 2008, English Heritage.
    These guidelines are designed to establish good practice in the use of luminescence dating for providing chronological frameworks.
  • Ancient TL Journal
    Ancient TL is a journal devoted to Luminescence Dating, Electron Spin Resonance Dating and related techniques. It aims to publish papers dealing with experimental and theoretical results in this field, with a minimum of delay between submission and publication. Ancient TL has a reviewing system in which direct dialogue is encouraged between reviewers and authors. Ancient TL also publishes a current bibliography, thesis abstracts, letters and miscellaneous information, e.g. announcements for meetings. Dr. Regina DeWitt, Editor in Chief.
Photo of sampling in the Dry Creek Trench, UT Optically stimulated luminescence sampling in the Dry Creek Trench, Wasatch Fault Zone, Utah. Credit: R. Briggs, USGS

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