It is an absolute dating method, and does not depend on comparison with similar objects (as does obsidian hydration dating, for example). The thermoluminescence technique is the only physical means of determining the absolute age of pottery presently available.
In all, close to two dozen physical quantities must be accurately measured to establish the relationship between doses of different kinds of radiation and light output, and to compute dose rate.
Protons and neutrons make up the center (nucleus) of the atom, and electrons form shells around the nucleus.
The number of protons in the nucleus of an atom determines the element.
A bottle of whiskey masquerading as an 1856 Macallan Rare Reserve, which could have sold for tens of thousands of dollars, had to be withdrawn from a Christie’s auction because its origin was determined as being sometime after 1950.
A surprising characteristic revealed the true age of the malt: radioactive particles.