The aim of this study is to determine the trap parameters (trap depth E, frequency factors) of quartz using various heating rates method and also to investigate the effect of annealing temperature on determining trap depths. The method is based on the positions of the thermoluminescence peaks, obtained from the change in temperature of the peak at maximum caused by changing the heating rate at which the sample is measured. In the present work, powder quartz samples were annealed first at different temperatures before irradiation. Then samples irradiated to different doses were measured with a TL reader at different heating rates and the glow curves were recorded. In order to calculate the trap depth E and the frequency factor s, the glow parameter T-m was determined experimentally from the glow curve by measuring the shift of the maximum peak temperature depending on heating rate beta. The calculation of trap parameters was repeated for each annealing temperature. Then the effect of annealing temperature on trap depths calculated by the various heating rates method was evaluated. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.