The laboratory, which is part of the Anthropology Department, specializes in archaeological applications and is particularly interested in research projects in which luminescence can solve archaeological problems not accessible by other dating techniques.The laboratory also collaborates with the Department of Earth and Space Sciences for geological applications. James Feathers (Ph D, University of Washington 1990) is director of the laboratory.
The signal is reset by light, so the method determines the length of time since the sediment was last exposed to sunlight.
We perform OSL dating research using single aliquot regenerative (SAR) protocol on aeolian, fluvial, colluvial, and lacustrine sand.
The ISGS OSL dating lab is equipped with a Risø TL/OSL-DA-20 Reader; Gamma Spectrometers; two amber light prep labs with fume hoods, shatter box, auto-grinding mortal, dry oven, and furnaces. Above Right: ISGS Risø TL/OSL-DA-20 Reader in dark lab Above Left: ISGS Gamma Spectrometry Lab.
Cord Luminescence Laboratory (DRILL) is located at DRI’s northern campus in Reno, NV and offers a broad spectrum of luminescence dating capabilities, including optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and thermoluminescence (TL) techniques.
The DRILL welcomes collaboration with research institute and university faculty, consultants, and government agency researchers.