Luminescence

The aim of this research line is to develop and improve the methodology of luminescence dating and apply this technique to studies on human evolution and understanding of geological processes, both in collaboration with national and international research groups.

The development of the technique is focused on the study of the luminescence response of mineral grains with the objective of extending the age range beyond the limits of conventional methods, and improving the accuracy of luminescence dating.

The Luminescence Laboratory at the CENIEH is equipped with five luminescence readers (Risø DTU), a beta counter and two high resolution gamma spectrometers as well as a laboratory with light controlled conditions for sample preparation (quartz and feldspar extraction).

The luminescence group at the CENIEH belongs to the Geochronology group. It collaborates with several universities and research centres, both national and international, providing chronological information fundamental for research on human evolution and geological processes.