(to be defended at the Laboratory of analytical chemistry) Buylaert J. (started in 2002) Chronostratigraphy and luminescence dating of the aeolian deposits of the western Chinese loess plateau: a contribution to the investigation of the terrestrial record of the Quaternary climate oscillations. - The last Interglacial palaeosol in the Belgian loess belt: TL-age record.
Articles in international Journals (period 1998-2002) Van den haute P., Frechen M., Buylaert J.
The particular advantage of luminescence dating is that the method provides a date for the archaeological artefact or deposit itself, rather than for organic material in assumed association.
In the case of OSL sediment dating, suitable material (sand or silt-sized grains of quartz and feldspar) is usually available ubiquitously throughout the site.
Reliable age determinations can be obtained from 0.1ka to 200 ka. Equipment Our sample preparation laboratory is equipped with a magnetic separator and heavy liquid (sodiumpolytungstate) separation tools to isolate and clean the appropriate grain size fractions for each sample under darkroom conditions. Since a few years we shifted from thermal signal stimulation to optical stimulation and focussed our research on the applicabilty of the recently developed single aliquot dating procedures (SAR, SAAD). (2000) - The age and palaeo-environmental significance of the Kalahari sands in western Zimbabwe: a thermoluminescence study.