Lexsyg smart — a luminescence detection system for dosimetry, material research and dating application
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Freiberg Instruments GmbH, Delfter Str. 6, 09599 Freiberg, Germany
Leuphana University Lüneburg, Institute of Ecology, Subject Area Landscape Change, Scharnhorststr. 1, C13.115, 21335 Lüneburg, Germany
Department of Human Evolution, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Deutscher Platz 6, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
Submission date: 2015-10-02
Acceptance date: 2015-11-24
Online publication date: 2015-12-04
Geochronometria 2015;42(1):202-209
Following the luminescence system lexsyg research, which was designed for research, the luminescence reader lexsyg smart for the application of luminescence detection was developed by Freiberg Instruments. It is suited for routine measurements of luminescence (thermoluminescence, photoluminescence, photon-stimulated, optically stimulated and infrared stimulated luminescence) for a wide range of materials because of the availability of several stimulation sources. The possibility for user definition and change of most parameters provides a great deal of flexibility and also allows re-search applications. While detection is limited to a single unit and sample storage to 40 positions, the lexsyg smart is much faster in aliquot transportation compared to the lexsyg research, and allows fast mass measurements in luminescence dating, retrospective and personal dosimetry, etc. Cross talk of optical stimulation is absent and cross-irradiation is negligible from the single radioactive source (α, β or x-ray) because of a disconnected sample storage wheel from the measurement chamber, which has a small volume and therefore gas consumption is small. Thermoluminescence measure-ments and pre-heatings are possible with a versatile heater, which can be programmed for linear/non-linear heating at varying rates and durations for an almost unlimited number of steps. Optical excita-tion for up to three wavelength bands (violet, blue, green, yellow, infrared) is provided from high power LEDs or laser diodes, with an optional filter wheel to vary detection wavelength bands accord-ing the material specific requirements. Either can be programmed to change at almost any time within measurement sequences.
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