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Welcome to the 4th Asia Pacific Luminescence and Electron Spin Resonance Dating Conference

Including non-dating applications of luminescence and ESR (APLED-4)

Nov 22nd, 2015, DosiVox Workshop (optional)
Nov 23rd-25th, 2015, Conference, Adelaide, Australia
Nov 26-28th, 2015, Field Trip, Naracoorte, South Australia


The Braggs Building
School of Physical Sciences & Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing
University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, 5005, Australia


Conference Scope

The conference seeks to bring together researchers to present new developments in Luminescence and ESR, with particular focus on techniques, applications and issues relevant to the Asia-Pacific region.

Luminescence dating has its roots in the middle of the 20th century, with the landmark paper by Farrington Daniels and colleagues (Science, 1953) being the first to expound the application of Thermoluminescence as a dating technique for the geosciences and archaeology. The intervening years have seen the introduction of ESR and Optical Dating, and their rapid evolution and application to diverse fields in which ionising radiation effects provide either a "clock" or a characterisation tool. The conference invites contributions from this broad range of applications, including Quaternary geology, geomorphology and landscape evolution, palaeontology, palaeobotany, archaeology, soil science, palaeoclimatology, provenancing, mineral prospecting, tectonics, space science, dose-rate assessment, retrospective population dosimetry and radiological event studies, including relating to the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. Contributions are also invited on applications to new materials, current developments and methodological aspects of ESR, Thermoluminescence and Radioluminescence, and novel Optical Dating techniques such as TT-OSL and PIR-IRSL.


Field Trip

The conference will be followed by an optional 3-day field trip that will take participants to the south-east of South Australia for a palaeontological and geological themed visit to the World Heritage Naracoorte Caves fossil sites, the stranded Pleistocene beach ridges and UN Kanawinka Geopark and the world-famous Coonawarra and Limestone Coast wine regions.

Manuscript Submissions

Oral and poster presentations will be eligible for peer-reviewed publication in a special issue of "Geochronometria" in 2016/17. Please note that normal refereeing standards apply. Learn more.


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