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Pagonis V.,McDaniel College | Kitis G.,Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Physica Status Solidi (B) Basic Research | Year: 2012

Typical materials used in thermoluminescence (TL) dosimetry exhibit the following common characteristics: (i) the temperature of glow peak maximum of individual glow peaks remains practically constant over a wide dose range, (ii) there are no systematic changes in the glow curve shapes with the irradiation dose, and (iii) higher order kinetics is rarely seen in dosimetric materials, while first-order kinetics is a common occurrence in experimental TL work. Theoretical explanation of these experimental characteristics is an open topic of TL research. In the present work these three characteristics are studied by using several models of increasing complexity. The simplest model studied is based on the empirical analytical general order (GO) expressions, followed by two commonly used models, the well-known one trap one recombination center models (OTOR) and the interactive multiple trap system (IMTS). Previous researchers have studied the behavior of these models using arbitrary values of the kinetic parameters in the models, and by varying these parameters within limited physically reasonable ranges. In this paper, a new method of analyzing the results from such models is presented, in which the average behavior of real dosimetric materials is simulated by allowing simultaneous random variations of the kinetic parameters, within several orders of magnitude. The simulation results lead to the conclusion that the presence of many competitive processes during the heating stage of TL, may be correlated to the remarkable stability of the glow curve shapes exhibited by most materials, and to the prevalence of first-order kinetics. This correlation is demonstrated further by a series of simulations in which the number of competitor traps is increased systematically, by adding up to 12 competitor traps in the IMTS model. As the number of competitor traps increases, the average behavior of the TL glow curves tends progressively toward first-order kinetics, and this in turn results in very small average variations in the shape of the TL glow peak. The simulation results in this paper provide a convincing demonstration and explanation of the stability of the shape of TL glow curves in dosimetric materials, and for the prevalence of first-order kinetics in TL. © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. Source

Feathers J.K.,University of Washington | Pagonis V.,McDaniel College
Quaternary Geochronology | Year: 2015

Single-grain dating of quartz near saturation is shown to have the potential of under-estimating equivalent dose. Experimental work shows that dose recoveries can be under-estimated when the administered dose approaches saturation, an observation also seen by Duller (2012). Duller (2012) found that by calculating the ratio between the fast and medium bleaching components, the "fast ratio", for each grain, the under-estimation can be corrected by removing those grains with low fast ratios. Similar results are shown for samples from archaeological sites in South Africa and South Carolina. To understand why grains with low fast ratios might lead to equivalent dose under-estimation, simulations using a comprehensive quartz model was employed. It was found that large grain-to-grain variation in the decay constants for the fast and medium components can cause this effect. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. Source

Chen R.,Tel Aviv University | Pagonis V.,McDaniel College
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms | Year: 2013

As reported in the literature, both in experimental results and in simulated glow curves, in a series of TL peaks associated with a series of trapping states and a single recombination center, the peaks tend to be of first order. In the present work we show theoretically and demonstrate by examples of numerical simulations that the last peak in a series obtained by a model of a single recombination center and multiple traps may be of second order whereas the lower-temperature peaks are usually of first order. This is the case even when retrapping is significantly faster than recombination. In some cases, the last peak has a long tail, longer than that of second-order peaks, which has to do with a different mechanism that has been discussed in a recent paper. Similar simulations of a more complex and more realistic situation of a model with multiple trapping states and multiple recombination centers have been performed. The prevalence of first-order appearance of both the curves of free electrons, associated with thermally stimulated conductivity (TSC) and of TL, evaluated for randomly chosen sets of trapping parameters, is shown by histograms. The occurrence of a small number of very high values of the symmetry factor is also discussed. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Source

Chen R.,Tel Aviv University | Pagonis V.,McDaniel College
Journal of Luminescence | Year: 2013

The phenomenon of thermoluminescence (TL) is governed by a set of simultaneous differential equations. When one studies the properties of a single peak, resulting from the thermal release of electrons from a trap into the conduction band, followed by radiative recombination with holes in centers, the set consists of three non-linear equations. Even in this simple case, the equations cannot be solved analytically. In order to get approximate solutions, the conventional way has been to make the "quasi-equilibrium" assumptions, namely that 9dnc/dt9 is significantly smaller than 9dn/dt9 and 9dm/dt9, where n and m are the occupancies of traps and centers, respectively, nc is the concentration of electrons in the conduction band, and nc{n; nc{m. We show, using simulations as well as analytical arguments that the former condition often does not occur; however, its consequences are valid. The reason is that the conventional quasi-equilibrium assertion must be replaced by a different condition. As for the smallness of the concentration of free electrons, we show that it may not be fulfilled at the high-temperature end of a single glow peak or in the highest-temperature peak in a series. In some cases, this condition results in a broad high-temperature tail of the TL peak, as previously observed experimentally in several materials. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Source

Kitis G.,Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | Pagonis V.,McDaniel College
Journal of Luminescence | Year: 2013

Recently a new kinetic model was presented in the literature, which describes localized electronic recombination in donor-acceptor pairs of luminescent materials. Within this model, recombination is assumed to take place via the excited state of the donor, and nearest-neighbor recombinations take place within a random distribution of centers. Two versions of the model were presented which were found to be in good agreement with each other, namely an exact model that evolves both in space and in time, and an approximate semi-analytical model evolving only in time. The model simulated successfully both thermally stimulated luminescence (TL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL), and also demonstrated the power law behavior for simulated OSL signals. This paper shows that the system of simultaneous differential equations in the semi-analytical model can be approximated to an excellent precision by a single differential equation. Furthermore, analytical solutions are obtained for this single differential equation, and for four different experimental modes of stimulation: TL, OSL, linearly modulated OSL (LM-OSL) and isothermal TL processes. The exact form of the power law for the model is found in analytical form for both OSL and isothermal TL processes. The analytical equations are tested by successfully fitting typical infrared stimulated luminescence (IRSL) signals, as well as experimental TL glow curves from feldspar samples. The dimensionless number density of acceptors in the model is estimated from fitting the experimental IRSL and TL data. The analytical expressions derived in this paper apply also to stimulated emission via the excited state of the donor-acceptor system. However, the same analytical expression, with different numerical values for its constants, can also be applied in the case of ground state tunneling, with important implications for luminescence dating. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Source

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