Ahmedabad, India (2014)

From March to July 2014, I was based in the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad to conduct sediment dating – specifically, determining the ages of flood deposits collected from northern Thailand. While research in PRL, as a unit of the national Department of Space, is primarily space and physics-related, we were based in the Geoscience division in the  Luminescence Laboratory. We were trained by OSL senior scientist Dr Ashok Singhvi and his lab. To learn more of OSL dating, click here (I try to make it as intuitive as possible! It is actually really cool).

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The main building of the research institute (Source).

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Training in OSL. Written is the OSL sequence that will haunt my dreams forever.

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Dinner with fellow laboratory scientists.

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Me holding photos of the “father of OSL dating”, Dr Martin J. Aitken.

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Said photo (Source).

Unfortunately, I do not have any photos of the lab itself, because it is a dark lab. The samples are light sensitive and cannot be exposed to light.

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Artist’s (my) reconstruction of the lab.

During a few weekends, we also took the opportunity to travel around India. Here are some photos.

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Jama Masjid, Ahmedabad

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Taj Mahal, Agra

Behind the Taj Mahal.

The Yamuna River behind the Taj Mahal.

Dancing on the street prior to a wedding ceremony in Delhi.

Dancing on the street prior to a wedding ceremony in Delhi.

Dressed up for the wedding!