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Merger proposal[edit]

It seems that Optically stimulated luminescence dating covers the same topic, but with some critical clarifying info. The two should be merged, but I'm not sure right now which name is to be preferred. The title of this article is a bit mis-leading (or it seems so to me) and the other is more clear although a bit wordy. I'm still pondering the best path here, and learning something new in the process. Vsmith 01:25, 23 May 2006 (UTC)

When we invented the technique in 1984 we discussed a number of alternative suggestions for the name. Optical dating won out because of its simplicity and elegance. As inventors, we hope that others will recognize our priority in this matter. As well, I should point out that some people have used OSL in a restrictive way, not including all the variations that optical dating encompasses. D.J.Huntley, May 26, 2006.
OK - I incorporated a modified explanatory para. from the OSL article and made it a redirect. Hopefully I haven't added anything incorrect. The article as it was was rather confusing for someone not familiar with the technique. Don't know much about the priority issue - just seems that OSL is a more descriptive name to me. Optical dating could be about having a date with an optician :-). Vsmith 13:13, 27 May 2006 (UTC)

There is another such article: optically stimulated luminescence, which has been around since 2004. Originally it was a physics article, but now it seems to cover the same topic as optical dating. Looks like a merger is indicated. Anybody want to do it? Instructions are at Help:Merging.— Wdfarmer (talk) 08:56, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

I've started the process by putting the appropriate tags at the top of each article, pointing the discussion to this section.— Wdfarmer (talk) 09:02, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
I don't think the entire article of optically stimulated luminescence should be eliminated; there are parts there dealing with dosimetry that don't pertain to dating. If a partial merge is done, there should be a disambiguation section at the top of optically stimulated luminescence that will redirect potential editors of optical dating to optical dating.— Wdfarmer (talk) 09:14, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
Agree with merger of optical dating paragraphs into optical dating. Vsmith (talk) 13:51, 30 January 2011 (UTC)
I disagree with the merger and agree with Wdfarmer above. While OSL is used for dating, a far more common use and commercially much larger is the use as a dosimeter. This technology is replacing TLDs for radiation protection and medical dosimetry. Ssapareto (talk) 16:57, 1 November 2013 (UTC)


Hi. I improved the history section and also add few references. Nick --Nikplas (talk) 18:14, 21 February 2010 (UTC)