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Core facility (CF)

Short Description

The Core Facility comprises of two parts

1. Luminescence laboratory for measuring optically and thermally stimulated luminescence signals (OSL/TL): For routine measurements of OSL and TL signals the lab is equipped with a Lexsyg Smart luminescence reader produced by Freiberg Instruments.

2. Physical and chemical sample preparation laboratory: Light sensitive samples are routinely treated under save light conditions (dimmed red light) and prepared for luminescence measurements.

Contact Person

Prof. Dr. Andreas Lang

Research Services

OSL and TL measurements (i.e. dating of sediments, rock samples and artefacts, luminescence characterization of various materials for research)
• Physical sample preparation: Coring using a diamond hollow drill, cutting using a wafering diamond blade, sieving und heavy liquid density separation
• Chemical sample preparation: Cleaning and etching samples including etching of quartz samples using hydrofluoric acid

Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure

Physical and chemical sample preparation of sediment and rock samples for luminescence measurements
• Water-cooled bench drilling system for using a diamond core drill
• Water-cooled precision cutter equipped with a wafering diamond blade
• HF resistant fume cupboard
• A diverse range of small equipment for physical and chemical sample preparation

Luminescence reader Lexsyg Smart
• Standard luminescence measurements using thermal stimulation (heating the sample to 710°C using a flexible heating rate) and optical stimulation (using blue LEDs 458 nm, green LEDs 525 nm or IR-LEDs 850 nm for stimulation)
• Photomultiplier for detection of OSL and TL signals in the visible range (300-650 nm) and filter changer equipped with interference and glass filters for optimized signal detection
• Integrated Sr-90 beta radiation source for calibration irradiations


Prof. Dr. Andreas Lang
Fachbereich Geographie und Geologie
0043 662 8044 5245
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Freiberg Instruments GmbH
Gyeongsang National University (GNU); College of Natural Science; Jinju (Republic of Korea)
Helmholtz Zentrum Munich
Hiroshima University (Japan)
Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI); Radiation Dosimetry Team; Daejeon (Republic of Korea)
Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU)
Technical University Munich (TUM)
Tromsø University Museum (Norway)
Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
University Bonn
University Innsbruck
Université de Lausanne
TerrACE - The Heritage of European Agricultural Terraces: An Integrated Approach to the Archaeology and History of Abandoned Terrace Systems
Prof. A. Lang
ERC Advanced grant

Luminescence spectroscopy for retrospective radiation dosimetry - a continuous collaboration between Korean and Austrian luminescence laboratories
Univ.-Prof. Dr. A. Lang, Dr. M. Discher, in cooperation with Dr. J. Lee and Prof. K.S. Chung
Founded by Eurasia Pacific Uninet (EPU) network by funds of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW)

Project with Hiroshima University “Developing practical techniques of retrospective dosimetry for the public in radiological emergencies“
Prof. H. Yasuda, Dr. M. Discher, S. Hirota
KAKENHI (Japanese governmental research fund: JSPS 18KK0147), funded by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), the Government of Japan

Luminescence spectroscopy for retrospective radiation dosimetry – a laboratory comparison between Korea and Austria
Univ.-Prof. Dr. A. Lang, Dr. M. Discher, in cooperation with Dr. J. Lee and Prof. K.S. Chung
Founded by Eurasia Pacific Uninet (EPU) network by funds of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW)
hier FODOK Link (muss zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt ergänzt werden)

Inter-comparison exercise for retrospective dosimetry – in the framework of European Radiation Dosimetry Group (EURADOS)
since 2016
Univ.-Prof. Dr. A. Lang, Dr. M. Discher, in cooperation with international members of the EURADOS network
Extending the measurement temperature range in a fully automated luminescence reader to -50 °C
Discher, M., Dornich, K., Richter, A., Mauz, B., Lang, A.
Radiation Measurements

Excited state luminescence signals from a random distribution of defects: A new Monte Carlo simulation approach for feldspar
Pagonis, V., Friedrich, J., Discher, M., Müller-Kirschbaum, A., Schlosser, V., Kreutzer, S., Chen, R., Schmidt, C.
Journal of Luminescence

Calculating or simulating the dose-rate? A comparison
Discher, M., Mauz, B., Martin, L., Durcan, J., King, G.E., Tsakalos, E., Christodoulakis, J., Lang, A.
Radiation Measurements

Investigations of touchscreen glasses from mobile phones for retrospective and accident dosimetry
Michael Discher, Emanuela Bortolin, Clemens Woda
Radiation Measurement

Integration of new biological and physical retrospective dosimetry methods into EU emergency response plans – joint RENEB and EURADOS inter-laboratory comparisons
Elizabeth Ainsbury, Christophe Badie, Stephen Barnard, Grainne Manning, Jayne Moquet, Michael Abend, Ana Catarina Antunes, Lleonard Barrios, Celine Bassinet, Christina Beinke, Emanuela Bortolin, Lily Bossin, Clare Bricknell, Kamil Brzoska, Iwona Buraczewska, Carlos Huertas Castaño, Zina Čemusová, Maria Christiansson, Santiago Mateos Cordero, Guillaume Cosler, Sara Della Monaca, François Desangles, Michael Discher, Inmaculada Dominguez, Sven Doucha-Senf, Jon Eakins, Paola Fattibene, Silvia Filippi, Monika Frenzel, Dimka Georgieva, Eric Gregoire, Kamile Guogyte, Valeria Hadjidekova, Ljubomira Hadjiiska, Rositsa Hristova, Maria Karakosta, Enikő Kis, Ralf Kriehuber, Jungil Lee, David Lloyd, Katalin Lumniczky, Fiona Lyng, Ellina Macaeva, Matthaeus Majewski, S. Vanda Martins, Stephen W.S. McKeever, Aidan Meade, Dinesh Medipally, Roberta Meschini, Radhia M’kacher, Octávia Monteiro Gil, Alegria Montero, Mercedes Moreno, Mihaela Noditi, Ursula Oestreicher, Dominik Oskamp, Fabrizio Palitti, Valentina Palma, Gabriel Pantelias, Jerome Pateux, Clarice Patrono, Gaetano Pepe, Matthias Port, María Jesús Prieto, Maria Cristina Quattrini, Roel Quintens, Michelle Ricoul, Laurence Roy, Laure Sabatier, Natividad Sebastià, Sergey Sholom, Sylwester Sommer, Albena Staynova, Sonja Strunz, Georgia Terzoudi, Antonella Testa, Francois Trompier, Marco Valente, Olivier Van Hoey, Ivan Veronese, Andrzej Wojcik & Clemens Woda
International Journal of Radiation Biology

Quartz fast component optically-stimulated luminescence: towards routine extraction for dating applications
Shen, Z., & A. Lang:
Radiation Measurement 89, 27-34;

Dynamics of Mediterranean late Quaternary fluvial activity: An example from the River Ebro (north Iberian Peninsula)
Soria-Jauregui, A., Jose Gonzalez-Amuchastegui, M., Mauz, B., and A. Lang
Geomorphology 268, 110-122
DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2016.06.006