Electron emission during thermal stimulation has been studied before in some detail, but there has been less work on the optically stimulated signal, especially in natural dosimeters. We report on measurements obtained using a windowless pancake Geiger-Nifiller electron detector attachment to a Riso TL/OSL reader, enabling optically stimulated electrons (OSE) and thermally stimulated electrons (TSE) to be measured simultaneously with optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and thermoluminescence (TL). Repeated irradiation and measurement is possible without removing the sample from the counting chamber. Using this equipment both OSE and TSE from loose sand-sized grains of natural minerals has been recorded. It is shown that both the surface electron traps (giving rise to the OSE signals) and the bulk traps (giving rise to OSL) have the same dosimetric properties. A comparison of OSL and OSE is used to give insight into the relative importance of electron traps and recombination centres in various luminescence phenomena. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Radiation Measurements, 2006, Vol 41, Issue Sp. Iss., p. 780-786
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11th International Conference on Luminescence and Electron Spin Resonance Dating, 2006