The Luminescence Dating Facility at Victoria University is the only one of its kind in New Zealand and is led by Prof Rewi Newnham and Ningsheng Wang.
Some natural materials such as various stones and soils (and also things made from them, such as pottery and stone tools) absorb or 'trap' naturally occurring electrons from their surroundings.
This happens at a known and regular rate until the material becomes saturated with electrons after about 50,000 years.
We are also involved in research projects requiring gammaspectrometry.
Applications involve measurement of artificial radionuclides in sediments (such as Pb.
We will also advise you about sampling and help with the interpretation of results.