Lund Luminescence Laboratory


Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Geology

Type of infrastructure

  • Equipment
  • Services

Degree of recognition

  • International


  • luminescence, age determination, geology, archaeology, environmental radiation, quartz, feldspar, sediment

Name of national/international infrastructure this infrastructure belongs to

The Lund University optically stimulated luminescence centre for dating and dosimetry


The Lund Luminescence Laboratory is a research laboratory at the Department of Geology. Our main focus on using luminescence to determine the age of sediments, but we also date material from archaeological contexts and do other luminescence-related research. The laboratory houses two Risø TL/OSL-readers model DA-20, with options to do OSL, pulsed OSL, IRSL and TL, as well as a SUERC portable reader. In the adjoining rooms mechanical and chemical preparation of samples can be carried out under darkroom conditions.

Equipment and resources

Risø TL/OSL-reader model DA-20 with blue and infrared stimulation, TL, pulsed OSL, beta irradiation
Risø TL/OSL-reader model DA-20 (DASH) with blue, green and infrared stimulation, TL, sample camera, beta irradiation
SUERC portable OSL reader with blue and infrared stimulation
Ultrasonic bath with rotating holder for four sieves (ø200 mm)
Wet sieving apparatus with 63-355 µm sieves
Ventilated oven
Light-tight cupboards
Fumehood with dark-room light
Darkroom (red-orange light)
Sampling equipment for sediment sampling (opaque tubes, lids, bags etc)
Cylinder volumeters for water content and sediment density determination

Services provided

Optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating of quartz and infrared stimulated luminescence (IRSL) dating of feldspar can be done at the Lund Luminescence Laboratory. For further information incl. pricing and research collaboration, please contact Helena Alexanderson. Sample submission should only be done after prior agreement with the lab; our capacity, particularly for large sample batches, is unfortunately limited. We can also provide advice on sampling, and sample tubes can be borrowed if needed. To make sure the analyses will be as good as possible, you must provide the necessary data for each sample on the sample submission form.

Available for loan

Available for loan - internal and external

Terms of access:

Contact see http://www.geology.lu.se/osl

Physical access limited.

Recent research outputs

Doverbratt, I. & Helena Alexanderson, 2019 Nov 21, In : Methods & Protocols. 2, 4, 7 p., 87.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Helena Alexanderson & Martin Bernhardson, 2019, In : GFF. 141, 2, p. 84-105

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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