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Possible reasons for anomalous fading in alkali feldspars used for luminescence dating of Quaternary deposits/Anomaalse feedingu voimalikest pohjustest kvaternaarsete setete luminestsentsdateerimiseks laialt kasutatavates paevakivides.


Alkali feldspars are extensively used as palaeodosimeters for dating Quaternary deposits. However, it is widely believed that alongside several positive properties, they also have an essential disadvantage. According to many publications (Wintle 1973, 1977; Spooner 1994; Visocekas et al. 1994; Huntley & Lamothe 2001; Wallinga et al. 2001; Balescu et al. 2003; Huntley & Lian 2006), alkaline feldspars are characterized by specific fading of their thermoluminescence (TL) and optically-stimulated luminescence (OSL). Its rate is assumed to vary significantly with samples due to factors which are not yet completely clear. Let us notice that this kind of fading occurs only in the samples irradiated in the laboratory where the routine part of measuring procedures includes several (different authors use different) thermal treatments--preheatings. In naturally irradiated samples the stored energy correlated with the time of burial of the feldspar grains, and hence with the age of the enclosing sediments, is stable. Its lifetime is estimated at about [10.sup.6]-[10.sup.8] or even more years (Mejdahl 1988; Li & Tso 1997). Therefore, the above-mentioned fading is called anomalous (athermal). There is a widespread opinion that anomalous fading (AF) is caused by tunnelling processes in feldspars. According to many authors (e.g. Spooner 1994; Huntley & Lamothe 2001), tunnelling in feldspars like in other solids (e.g. quartz) can be detected experimentally. However, we do not consider the above causal connection proven. The present paper shows that the results obtained through detailed studies of tunnelling processes do not fit into the frames of this hypothesis. With this in view, we also studied relaxation processes of thermal character occurring in feldspars.

Hitherto studies of anomalous fading mechanism have failed to record one-to-one connection between the crystalline structure of feldspars lattice, detailed chemical composition, stimulation activation energy, and other parameters (Huntley & Lamothe 2001; Huntley & Lian 2006) or parameters characterizing the tunnelling process (our investigations) on the one hand and the rate of fading on the other. What is more, different experiments conducted on one and the same material have yielded fading rates that differ manifold (Huntley & Lamothe 2001).

In order to understand the reasons giving rise to AF, tunnelling directly from feldspars' dosimetrically deep traps, emptying of dosimetric traps at elevated temperatures, and the effect of several preaheatings on the kinetics of emptying processes of thermal character were studied in particular detail in the present work. Interpretation of the results requires involvement of ionic processes. In view of this, experimental study of these processes has been started.



Feldspars extracted from various samples taken from different areas of Northern Eurasia--from Baltic shores to East-Siberian Sea coast (Fig. 1)--were studied. The equipment used consists of two parts, one of which is meant for various optical measurements and the other for electrical measurements.


The equipment for optical measurements (Fig. 2) consists of the cryostat with the cooling/heating system of the samples, allowing optical measurements in the range of liquid nitrogen temperature to 450[degrees]C. The cryostat is supplied with an elliptical mirror, where the study sample is in one focus and the photon counter (Hamamatsu H6240) in the other. The TL, OSL, optically stimulated afterglow (OSA), and stimulation spectra are measured, whereas TL and temperature course of OSL Va.. be measured simultaneously. A constant heating rate of 1[degrees]C [s.sup.-1] is applied. A Xe-lamp serves as a source of stimulating radiation. The necessary wavelength of stimulation (860 run) is selected by the monochromator, the emission band from 380 to 430 nm--by a combination of 3 mm SZS-22 (blue-green), 3 mm PS-11 (purple), 2 mm FS-1 (violet), and the emission band from 500 to 570 nm--by 2 mm ZS-18 (yellow) and 3 mm SZS-22 (blue-green) colour glass filters manufactured by the LZOS, JSC (Lytkarino Optical Glass Factory), Russian Federation. The driving of the shutters, the control of the experiment, and the primary processing of the results of the experiment are fulfilled through a PC control unit. For laboratory irradiation, an X-ray source delivering a dose of 0.1 Gy [s.sup.-1] was used.

Ionic conductivity was measured using a dissipation factor meter BM271 (Fig. 3). This device measures the resistance and capacity of a sample in a parallel equivalent scheme. The operating frequency range of the device is between 100 kHz and 10 MHz. The study sample was sprinkled into a groove, 2 mm deep and 0.79 [cm.sup.2] in area, on a copper plate, which served also as an electrode. Another electrode was pushed from above onto the powder sample, which was situated in the measuring cell. A ca 20 [micro]m thick mica plate between the second electrode and the studied sample eliminated the direct galvanic connection between the electrodes and the study sample. The device allows the heating of the measuring cell up to 300[degrees]C and measurement of the temperature dependence of conductivity. Prior to measurement, each sample was dried for a few minutes at 100[degrees]C. The same device allows also measuring the tangent of dielectric losses.



The tunnelling luminescence

The tunnelling processes in alkali feldspars were separated, and the initial research was carried out by Visocekas et al. (1994), Spooner (1994), and others. The basic characteristic measured was the tunnelling phosphorescence, which is possible to separate by the cooling of the just irradiated samples. This question was also considered in the recent work of Vasilchenko et al. (2005), where it is shown that the fading of the tunnel afterglow in feldspars follows Becquerel's law and is not directly connected with tunnelling from the deep traps. Besides, as shown by Molodkov et al. (2007b), the characteristic time of attenuation of this luminescence (some hours) is much less than the characteristic time of AF (some months or years).


Because real AF should be connected with the tunnelling from the deep traps, we have estimated in our subsequent experiments the probability of tunnelling recombinations of electrons from these traps. At that, the double-staged (photothermal) character of optical release of electrons from these traps was used (Fig. 4a). For this purpose, it was necessary "to freeze" thermal release of electrons from the IR-excited traps. The observable residual OSL characterizes the probability of the tunnelling process. On the probability of tunnelling recombinations found in such a way we hoped to establish the rate of the expected fading, and hence a possible error in determining the age of the samples.

The probability of the tunnelling is derived from the relationship 1n ([]/[I.sub.0]) vs 1/T (Fig. 4b). The slope of the initial part of the plot characterizes the activation energy value [DELTA]E for thermal ionization of the trap, and the value 1n ([]/[I.sub.0])--the probability of the tunnelling process from the excited state of the centre. From the ground state of the centre this probability is less by a certain number of times since the effective radius of the wave function of the trapped electron is smaller in this state. As a result, the value ln([[I.sub.0]) should be in accordance with the logarithm from the percentage of age underestimation (Fig. 5). We do not know precisely how these two scales are located with regard to each other, but it is possible to make the following observations.

1. The probability of tunnelling in just irradiated samples is not a constant value. The value, ln([]/[I.sub.0]), which characterizes this probability, decreases during a couple of days from -2.5 to -3.5 (depends on the sample) to -5 and continues to fall (Fig. 6). The same effect causes the heating of the sample. The minimum level of the ln([]/[I.sub.0]) value is reached after heating above 230[degrees]C. This implies that such reduction of the signal is not caused by the tunnelling itself because the heating occurs very quickly, and the probability of the tunnelling process does not depend on temperature.

2. Our experiments show that for the materials investigated the minimal value of ln([]/[I.sub.0]) is at the same level, about -7. Similar results have been received for the yellow-greenish band of luminescence as well.

3. The preheating (before laboratory irradiation) of the majority of samples up to 800[degrees]C and higher results in an increase in the probability of tunnelling by an order of magnitude (Molodkov et al. 2007b). At the same time, the data by Mejdahl (1983)on dating ancient ceramics by the feldspar inclusion method show coincidence of the results of luminescence dating with the archaeological data. It means that although in this case manufacturing of ceramics is connected with rather high-temperature heating, fading is not essential. From these data it follows that the scales in Fig. 5 should be located so that the value ln([]/[I.sub.0]) = -4 corresponds to age underestimation of less than 5%.



Relaxation processes

Relaxation processes were studied with the aim of finding out reasons for AF-like manifestation, because tunnelling processes cannot provide a controversy-free explanation of the problem. In principle, there are several possibilities. The purpose of our investigations was to make a choice between the following ones:

1. Anomalous fading is only seemingly anomalous, because traditional methods used to determine the depth of the traps may yield incorrect results in a certain type of energy-band schemes (Chen et al. 2000).

2. Hole processes take place, which cause changes in the probability of radiative and non-radiative recombinations and which themselves occur without radiation. Such processes lead to apparent fading, because population of the dosimetric traps does not necessarily change with these processes (Fok 1964).

3. There occur radiation- and thermostimulated ionic processes, which alter the structure of centres and thus also their essential parameters, like trapping and release possibilities of the charge carriers, but probably also their optical characteristics. It is highly possible that after elimination of the agent stimulating the ionic process (end of irradiation, cooling down to initial temperature, etc.) the structure of centres recovers back to the initial state.

Let us analyse the above three possibilities in more detail in the light of experimental results obtained on feldspars.

X-ray luminescence quenching

Figure 7 shows the temperature dependence of X-ray luminescence intensity during cooling from 450[degrees]C to room temperature in sample No. 1580 (curve 1) taken from the V1 section at the Voka site, northeastern Estonia (Molodkov 2007; Molodkov et al. 2007a). The figure also presents the TL curve (2) of that object. It is evident that the TL dosimetric peaks are in the region of intensive thermal quenching of luminescence. As is known, there are two types of that kind of quenching--internal and external. In the case of internal quenching, the analysis of TL curves will result in an incorrect ionization activation energy value E'. At that

E' = [E.sub.ion] - [E.sub.quen],

where E,. is the real ionization energy, [E.quen] is the activation energy of quenching (see Antonov-Romanovskij 1966). In the case of external quenching, the obtained activation energy value is correct; however, in parallel with the quenching of dosimetric traps there occurs the hole process, which changes the concentration of recombination centres.



Thermo-optical bleaching (TOB)

Figure 8 presents the results of simultaneous TL and OSL measurements in the X-rayed (a) and natural (b) feldspar sample No. 1580. We and other authors (see, e.g., Duller & Botter-Jensen 1993) have obtained similar curves characterized by the absence of the fall in the TOB curve in the region of the X-ray-induced TL peak around 180[degrees]C. Similar results were also obtained when measuring other samples.

In the case of standard band models, the electron process in the region of the X-ray-induced TL peak, which in the present case is also the dominating peak, would lead to a significant fall in the IR-optically stimulated luminescence (IR-OSL) intensity as a result of an abrupt decrease in the number of ionized radiation centres. One possible explanation could be the occurrence of a hole process in this region, which is also indicated by the X-ray luminescence thermal quenching results. However, it should be pointed out that in the present case this does not lead to the reduction of IR-stimulated luminescence, which means that the possibility of apparent fading is excluded. Since there is no decline in the IR-OSL intensity in the region of the TL peak induced by X-rays (or by some other kind of ionizing radiation), the concentration of dosimetric centres in this region does not change either. This allows determination of the adjusted parameters of dosimetric traps via the IR-OSL relaxation at elevated temperatures.

IR-stimulated luminescence relaxation at 400 and 450 K

The band model of solids, which contains only one type of electron centres (feldspar dosimetric centres in the present case), provides a possibility of establishing the depth of these traps by determining the decrease in their concentrations at two different temperatures (Antonov-Romanovskij 1966).

As is known, the probability of thermal ionization of a centre at certain temperature, [P.sub.T], manifests itself when


where [p.sub.0] is a constant, E is the thermal ionization activation energy of the centre, k is the Boltzmann constant, T is absolute temperature.

For two different temperatures we obtain


From this it follows that


The thermal ionization activation energy of the centre can then be expressed as follows:


where [p.sub.1] and [p.sub.2] can be determined through the changes that take place in the concentration of the studied centres with time. In our case, the measure of concentration is the intensity of IR-stimulated luminescence, but there arises a difference as to the mono- and bimolecular kinetics. In the case of monomolecular kinetics,

I = [I.sub.0] [e.sup.-t/[tau]],

where I is the luminescence intensity, [I.sub.0] is the initial luminescence intensity, and [tau] = 1/p is the lifetime of the centre.

In the case of bimolecular kinetics,

I = [I.sub.0]/(1 + [omega]t),

where [omega] = [alpha] p, with a being [alpha] constant that depends only on effective cross-sections of charge-carriers for trapping and recombination. In both cases, from these equations it is possible to express [p.sub.1]/[p.sub.2] through the IR-OSL intensities. This allows us to determine the E value, and on the basis of lifetime at one temperature (e.g. 450 K), it is possible to calculate the lifetime at some other temperature (e.g. room temperature). The experiments carried out with a series of feldspar samples yielded surpassing results--activation energy E [approximately equal to] 0.6-0.7 eV, while the lifetime [tau] calculated for room temperature is equal to 1-2 years (depending on the type of kinetics), which is too low in comparison with the known values of about [10.sup.6]-[10.sup.8] years.

To our mind, the above shows that in the studied relaxation process alongside the emptying of dosimetric traps there also occurs an additional process, which could be either the hole or ionic process.

Figure 9 presents a plot of IR-OSL intensity vs time for the case where the material (sample No. 1580) was X-rayed at room temperature and then measured at 400 K (127[degrees]C). This curve can well be described by the equation of Huntley & Lamothe (2001):


where g is the fading parameter expressed as per cent per decade, [[tau].sub.c] is the time elapsed from the end of irradiation, and [I.sub.c] is the intensity of luminescence at that moment of time. The best fit is achieved when g = 23% per decade and [[tau].sub.c] =100 min. When the same sample was stored after X-raying at room temperature before the measurement, no intensity decrease was observed within the same time range. In other words, the fading parameter in the above equation depends on the temperature! In the case of tunnelling processes where the validity of this equation is considered a proof of the essential role which these processes play in athermal fading, there cannot be such a dependence.


On the other hand, the segment of the quenching curve under consideration can be described as the sum of two exponents with their characteristic times being 160 and 1200 min, respectively. These processes occur on the background of a third, still slower process, i.e.

I(t) = [I.sub.1] (t) + [I.sub.2] (t) + [I.sub.3] (t).

The function [I.sub.3] (t) is practically constant in the time interval under consideration. With a very high probability [I.sub.3] (t) describes the emptying due to the thermal ionization of the deepest component of dosimetric doublet at given temperature (400 K).

Excellent agreement between cross-dating results obtained on 20 middle and late Pleistocene samples by three different methods (electron spin resonance (ESR), OSL, and IR-OSL) using three different minerals--feldspar (dated by IR-OSL), quartz (by OSL), and biogenic carbonate (by ESR) for the range of the last 307 000 years (Table 1) allows us to conclude that the real depth of the feldspar dosimetric traps might be 1.7-2.0 eV and the lifetime ca [10.sup.6]-[10.sup.7] or even more years at the ambient temperature of +5[degrees]C.

The effect of thermal treatment on some optical properties of feldspars and parameters of luminescence kinetics

The results described above suggest that the results of heating cannot only be explained with the release, recombination, and redistribution of electrons and holes between different types of traps. The relevant additional processes are relatively slow ([tau] [approximately equal to] 2 h at 400 K). On this basis it is reasonable to assume that it is an ionic process, which is at least partially radiation-induced (Zakis et al. 1980). Changes in the lattice crystalline structure are excluded in the temperature regions under consideration. Several phenomena are in agreement with the hypothesis. These have been described earlier, among those:

1. change in sensitivity to irradiation--under moderate heating (100-250[degrees]C) (Jaek et al. 2007);

2. changes in the ratio of violet to yellow-greenish emission bands in the case of the same procedure (Molodkov et al. 2007b).

Heating a feldspar sample at 450 K (177[degrees]C) before X-raying yields an analogous result (Fig. 10). The sensitivity appears to have increased and the X-rayed TL peak has shifted compared to the same sample X-rayed before heating.

The results presented in Figs 11 and 12 are even more directly associated with the effect of thermal treatment. Figure 11 shows a shift of high-temperature TL peak and an increase in the amplitude, which are related to heating, while Fig. 12 displays crossing dose-dependence curves and an obviously overestimated value of the reconstructed equivalent palaeodose [D.sub.2] after preheating the sample at 220[degrees]C for 5 min after laboratory irradiation.




The effect of heating is also revealed in OSL characteristics, first of all in the thermal activation energy value [DELTA][epsilon] for optically excited dosimetric centres, which can be found as the rise of the curve in coordinates In (I/[I.sub.0]) vs (1/T). Relevant results are presented in Fig. 13. The numerical value of [DELTA][epsilon] is about 0.1 eV for an unheated sample and about 0.18 eV for a heated sample. Let us remind that at low temperatures (around 150 K) the [DELTA][epsilon] values are in the range of 0.40-0.07 eV (see Vasilchenko et al. 2005). The results can be interpreted as changes in the structure of dosimetric centres, as a result of which the distance of the excited level of the dosimetric centres from the bottom of conduction band changes. At the same time, identical thermal treatments within the limits of the measurement error do not affect stimulation spectra. All these phenomena and facts seriously refer to the great role of ionic processes in the relaxation of stored energy and/or to the changes in the conditions of radiative relaxation of the electrons released from dosimetric traps.


The above allows us to conclude that long-term (some months or years) anomalous (athermal) fading as a phenomenon, which is usually associated with tunnelling processes, needs not to be associated with tunnelling at all. One only has to give up preheating in dating protocols and replace it, for instance, with storing at room temperature for a month after laboratory irradiation. This time is needed for the relaxation of short-term tunnelling and radiationinduced ionic processes. The data presented in Fig. 6 evidently demonstrate the temporal probability of the relaxation of tunnelling processes at room temperature.

Ionic processes

Ionic conductivity was determined as the reciprocal value of equivalent resistance, and the tangent of dielectric losses as

tan[delta] = 1/2[pi]fRC

where f is the frequency, C is the sample's capacity, and R is its equivalent resistance. As is known, the total conductivity ([sigma]) is the sum of electron ([[sigma].sub.e]) and ionic ([[sigma].sub.i]) conductivities: [sigma] = [[sigma].sub.e] + [[sigma].sub.i]. If [[sigma].sub.e] << [[sigma].sub.i], then the total conductivity temperature dependence is described by the well-known Arrhenius equation (see Hooper 1978):

[[sigma].sub.i] = ([[sigma].sub.0]/T)exp(-[E.sub.i]/kT).

Practically all the feldspar samples measured by us are characterized by high conductivity (2-3) x [10.sup.-6] Sm/cm. The fact that the temperature dependence of conductivity is in very good compliance with the Arrhenius equation (Fig. 14) demonstrates that we are dealing with ionic conductivity. For most of the materials measured its activation energy constituted a few hundredths of an electron volt; feldspar sample No. 1580 served as the only exception (see Fig. 14).

All the above suggests that there is an enormous amount of weakly tied ions in feldspars. While moving, these ions can change the nearest neighbourhood of both the dosimetric traps and luminescence centres, particularly at elevated temperatures.



--As a result of the study it is possible to assert that, in the general case, the fading with the characteristic time of some months or years cannot be connected to electron tunnelling from the deep traps.

--In order to give an adequate explanation to the fading under discussion, additional processes should evidently be taken into consideration. According to our data, these are ionic processes. Direct measurement of the characteristics of ionic processes shows the presence of a great number of weakly tied ions in feldspars; while moving, these ions can cause changes in the properties of impurity centres resulting in fadinglike effects.

--Besides fading-like effects, ionic processes appear also in several other phenomena (e.g. changes in OSL thermal activation energy), which are caused by preheatings used in most of dating protocols.

--It can be assumed that some decrease in the dosimetric TL/OSL signal observable in feldspar samples after laboratory irradiation can really be caused by tunnelling. However, the probability of this process quickly goes down, already within some days after laboratory irradiation (Fig. 6).

--At the same time, it is probable enough that in some feldspar modifications, particularly in those of volcanic origin, the minimum level of tunnelling can surpass the level, after which the age underestimation starts to increase noticeably.


The authors are grateful to Tatyana Balakhnichova and Marina Osipova for their contribution to the laboratory work reported here, and to Helle Kukk for improving the English text. The authors also wish to thank Prof. D. Huntley who provided them with some feldspar samples. This research was supported by grant No. 6112 from the Estonian Science Foundation and by Estonian State Target Funding Project No. 0320080507.

Received 23 May 2007, accepted 27 June 2007


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Ivar Jaek (a), Anatoly Molodkov (a), and Valery Vasilchenko (a, b)

(a) Research Laboratory for Quaternary Geochronology, Institute of Geology at Tallinn University of Technology, Ehitajate tee 5, 19086 Tallinn, Estonia;

(b) Institute of Experimental Physics and Technology, University of Tartu, Tahe 4, 51010 Tartu, Estonia;
Table 1. Mollusc-based ESR, feldspar IR-OSL, and quartz OSL
cross-dating results

                                 Sam-     Mollusc-
                                 pling    based
No.   Section     Location       depth,   ESR age *
                                 m        (x 1000 yr)

1     U-XXII      ~67.9N 60.1E   7.0       72.0 [+ or -] 4.8 (a)
2     U-VII       ~67.8N 60.7E   6.5       90.3 [+ or -] 10.9 (b)
3     Varzuga     ~66.4N 36.6E   16.0     103.0 [+ or -] 4.2 (c)
4     U-VII       ~67.8N 60.7E   11.0     107.6 [+ or -] 12.4 (b)
5     Vilkiskes   ~54.8N 25.4E   14.5     --
6     Vilkiskes   ~54.8N 25.4E   14.0     --
7     Vilkiskes   ~54.8N 25.4E    14.2    --
8     Vilkiskes   ~54.8N 25.4E   17.8     --
9     Vilkiskes   ~54.8N 25.4E   25.7     --
10    Vilkiskes   ~54.8N 25.4E   29.5     --
11    Vilkiskes   ~54.8N 25.4E    33.0    --
12    Vilkiskes   ~54.8N 25.4E   34.5     --
13    Chavan'ga   ~66.0N 37.8E   4.0      --
14    Chavan'ga   ~66.0N 37.8E   8.5       99.0 [+ or -] 7.6f
15    Strel'na    ~66.0N 38.5E   6.5      --
16    Strel'na    ~66.0N 38.5E   25.8      90.4 [+ or -] 6.7f
17    Strel'na    ~66.0N 38.5E   29.8     --
18    Strel'na    ~66.0N 38.5E   32.2     111.5 [+ or -] 12.4f
19    Ludyanoy    ~66.3N 39.9E   8.3      --
20    Ludyanoy    ~66.3N 39.9E   12.7      85.5 [+ or -] 6.6f

      Feldspar                  Quartz
No.   IR-OSL age *              OSL age *
      (x 1000 yr)               (x 1000 yr)

1      74.7 [+ or -] 8.3 (a)    --
2      88.2 [+ or -] 5.4 (b)    --
3     104.0 [+ or -] 8.3 (c)    --
4     109.8 [+ or -] 6.9 (b)    --
5     --                        129.0 [+ or -] 24.0 (d)
6     136.7 [+ or -] 8.8 (e)    --
7     147.1 [+ or -] 9.4 (e)    --
8     --                        150.7 [+ or -] 5.8 (d)
9     --                        211.0 [+ or -] 16.0 (d)
10    230.2 [+ or -] 16.2 (e)   --
11    273.3 [+ or -] 16.0 (e)   --
12    307.1 [+ or -] 17.4 (e)   --
13     63.6 [+ or -] 8.0 (f)    --
14    --               --
15     85.6 [+ or -] 6.6 (f)    --
16    --               --
17    101.9 [+ or -] 12.2 (f)   --
18    --               --
19     80.5 [+ or -] 7.0 (f)    --
20    --                        --

* Mollusc-based ESR and feldspar IR-OSL ages determined at the
Research Laboratory for Quaternary Geochronology, Institute
of Geology at Tallinn University of Technology, quartz OSL ages
at the Luminescence Dating Unit of the Department of
Radioisotopes, Institute of Physics, Silesian University of

(a) Molodkov & Bitinas (2006), (b) Bolshiyanov (2006), (c) Molodkov &
Yevzerov (2004), (d) Fedorowicz (2003), (e) Satkunas & Molodkov
(2005), (f) Korsakova et al. (2004).
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Author:Jaek, Ivar; Molodkov, Anatoly; Vasilchenko, Valery
Publication:Estonian Journal of Earth Sciences
Date:Sep 1, 2007
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