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WELCOME!

Thank you for visting the Utah State University Luminescence Laboratory homepage! We have been up and running since January 2007. We currently have two RISO TL/OSL Readers and one with a single-grain attachment.

We specialize in the analysis of the optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) signals from quartz sand grains in geomorphological and geoarchaeological applications. We are also equipped to measure Infrared Stimulated Luminescence (IRSL) on potassium feldspar. Please explore the 'Projects' and 'Publications' pages for examples of internal and external projects that the Lab has been involved with.



LEARN HOW TO COLLECT A LUMINESCENCE SAMPLE

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!




Please visit our How To Collect page for our guidelines and requirements on sample collection.




ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Listen to Dr. Rittenour's interview from March 18, 2020 on Utah Public Radio's Undisciplined program, where she describes her role in cutting edge research that emerged 50 years after a secret U.S. military project was buried in the ice in northern Greenland.


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Short course: Dr. Tammy Rittenour runs a two-week OSL training course for students and professionals. Spots are limited, please visit Summer short course for more information.


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FEATURED PAST FIELD TRIPS AND CONFERENCES


Tammy Rittenour and Kerry Riley organized a successful 2016 Rocky Mountain Friends of the Pleistocene field trip to southern Utah in mid-October. Please visit our 2016 RM FOP Field Trip page for details from the trip.

Group photo at Upper Kanab Creek


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Thank you to everyone who made the 2013 9th NWLDW in Logan a great success!

See the conference proceedings in Quaternary International.


9th New World Luminescence Dating Workshop attendees outside of the USU Geology Building.

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Above Horseshoe Canyon, UT -- the location of USU research regarding the relationship of its alluvial stratigraphy and characteristic "Barrier Canyon" rock art.