Luminescence Research Laboratory


Luminescence is light emitted from samples that have been previously excited by exposure to an external energy source. In many dielectric materials, including mineral systems, stimulated luminescence can be produced following exposure to ionising radiation as a result of charge-trapping and detrapping processes at defect sites within the lattice of the material. Common applications of such phenomena include luminescence dating and radiation dosimetry.

The SUERC laboratory, established by Prof. David Sanderson in 1986, conducts developmental and application work in diverse fields including luminescence dating, detection of irradiated foods and assessment of fire damage to concrete structures. The laboratory operates in dual-support mode. In addition to research projects linked to external grants and contracts, collaborative research projects are conducted with the consortium universities. There is also some capacity for undertaking luminescence dating for external users. Enquiries should be directed to Prof. David Sanderson (email David).

The laboratory has an extensive range of equipment for luminescence dating and research, backed by a full suite of sample preparation laboratories, and an unmatched capability for measurement of the environmental radioactivity associated with dating samples.