The Luminescence Laboratories were established in 1986 and have extensive facilities for luminescence research and applications including thermoluminescence (TL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating and detection of irradiated foods.  The laboratory developed EN1788 and EN13751 methods for detection of food irradiation, has a database of more than 22,000 analyses.

Luminescence dating applies to a wide variety of heated (ceramic and lithic) and sedimentary materials covering the age range from 1-106 years, with important applications to archaeological and geoscience research. Instrumentation for food analysis (Pulsed Photostimulated Luminescence) and sediment characterisation (portable OSL readers) have been developed and supplied to laboratories worldwide. 

Luminescence Research

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