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Li, B., Jacobs, Z., Roberts, R. G. & Li, S. (2018). Single-grain dating of potassium-rich feldspar grains: Towards a global standardised growth curve for the post-IR IRSL signal. Quaternary Geochronology, 45 23-36.


Potassium-rich feldspar (K-feldspar) grains were extracted from 28 sediment samples from sites in Asia, Europe and Africa and the dose response curves - or growth curves - were constructed from the post-infrared infrared stimulated luminescence (pIRIR) signals emitted by individual grains. The samples exhibit large between-grain variation in both pIRIR signal intensity and the shape of the corresponding growth curves; the latter can be largely explained as a result of measurement uncertainties, including counting statistics and instrumental irreproducibility. This between-grain variation can be reduced by applying a least-squares normalisation (LS-normalisation) procedure, which allows a common growth curve - or global standardised growth curve (gSGC) - to be established for individual K-feldspar grains from the range of samples investigated. Equivalent dose (D e ) values for single grains can be estimated using the fitting parameters of the gSGC, together with measurements of the natural signal (L n ), one regenerative-dose signal (L x ) and their corresponding test-dose signals (T n , T x ). The D e values obtained using the gSGC approach are consistent at 2σ with those obtained from the individual growth curves constructed for each of the grains. The establishment of a gSGC greatly reduces the time required to measure a large number of grains for old samples, and it also overcomes the problem of D e underestimation that can occur using a full single-aliquot (or single-grain) regenerative-dose (SAR) procedure when a large number of grains are rejected due to issues of 'saturation'. The construction of a gSGC may, therefore, potentially extend the dating range of pIRIR signals beyond the reliable limit of D e estimation using the standard SAR method.

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