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INSTRUCTIONS FOR SAMPLE SUBMITTAL TO USU LUMINESCENCE LAB

Please contact us if you are interested in collaborations involving Luminescence analyses. We are not a contract lab, so prior contact is essential before sending samples.

Before collecting OSL samples, please read and follow the guides below.

Guide to OSL Sample Collection (pdf)

OSL Sampling Do's and Don'ts Guide (pdf)

Nelson et al. 2015 User Guide for Luminescence Sampling (pdf)



A sample submittal form should accompany each sample submitted to our lab.

Each sample should contain the following information:
- Unique sample ID (avoid using OSL-1, OSL-2, ect)
- Depth below original geomorphic surface (in meters)
- Latitude and longitude (in decimal degrees, i.e. 47.4567, -112.1234)
- Estimated age and/or other age control
- Estimation of moisture content
- Stratigraphic relationships to other samples or other geochronology
- Photos, site desriptions, stratigraphic logs

Download the Sample submittal sheet (pdf) or Sample submittal sheet (word doc) to be submitted with samples.

For high volume projects (n>5) download and submit the Excel sample sheet (.xlsx)

Please inform the lab of your anaylsis requested.
We offer small-aliquot quartz OSL; single-grain quartz OSL; small-aliquot feldspar IRSL.
Note that rush analysis is available at 2x standard rate/sample.