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 feldpsar.
Please explore the 'Projects' and 'Publications' pages for examples
of internal and external projects that the Lab has been involved with.
Please visit our Need Analyses? page for information on sample
collection and submitting samples to our lab.
Tammy Rittenour and Kerry Riley are hosting the 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.
Short course: Dr. Tammy Rittenour runs a two-week OSL training course for students and professionals,
usually in June. Click on 'Summer short course' in the menu to the left for more information.
Kirk Townsend* and Tammy Rittenour, Episodic arroyo entrenchment and aggradation in Kanab Creek, Southern Utah
Tammy Rittenour* et al., Single-grain OSL chronology of ice retreat and stages of Glacial Lake Benson, west-central Minnesota, USA
Kerry Riley* and Tammy Rittenour, Mid-late Holocene arroyo cut-fill dynamics: Hydro-climate and complex inter-basin response
214-3: Kerry Riley* and Tammy Rittenour, Erosion rates influence arroyo cut-fill dynamics in semi-arid catchments draining the Grand Staircase region of Colorado Plateau
312-3 : Michelle Nelson* and Tammy Rittenour, Best practices for collection of luminescence samples and estimating water content for dose-rate determination: Why sample selection, collection technique and water content matters
312-6: Tammy Rittenour* et al., How old are the SP and Strawberry volcanic vents and flows in the San Francisco Volcanic Field, Arizona? New evidence from soils, OSL dated loess and He-3 exposure dating
Thank you to everyone who made the 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.
Above Horseshoe Canyon, UT -- the
location of ongoing USU research regarding the relationship of its
alluvial stratigraphy and characteristic "Barrier Canyon" rock art.