Special Issue "Methods in Dating and Other Applications using Luminescence"
A special issue of Methods and Protocols (ISSN 2409-9279).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 October 2019).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: luminescence dating applications in archaeology and geology, ceramic chronology, chronology of early people in the New World, dating structures
The phenomenon of using luminescence to date materials began in the 1960s and 1970s in the context of dating pottery from archaeological sites. Its applications spread to sediments, both geological and archaeological, in the 1980s. Substantial developments in methods, including the introduction of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and infrared stimulated luminescence (IRSL) and the development of single-aliquot and single-grain techniques, over the past 30 years have made luminescence dating one of the major chronological tools in Quaternary science. Not only have the kinds of dating applications expanded, but luminescence is increasingly being used to address other kinds of questions. The latter include rates of landscape exhumation, fluvial transport dynamics, the sourcing and transport rates of sedimentary grains, soil development including mixing from bioturbation, and the incidence of wildfires. This Issue hopes to compile papers on cutting-edge methodology in dating and other applications. Potential topics include thermochronometry, sediment provenience, dating sediments older than 100,000 years or younger than 100 years, dating rock surfaces, dating archaeological structures, statistical models for single-grain equivalent dose distributions, anomalous fading in feldspars, variations in luminescence sensitivity of both quartz and feldspars, radio-fluorescence, improving dating precision, time-resolved luminescence, dose rate heterogeneity, exposure dating, modeling bioturbation, spectral applications of luminescence, novel stimulation modes, and bleaching during fluvial transport. A younger generation of practitioners, who have earned their degrees in the last 10 years, is driving much of the methodological innovation in luminescence, and these younger scientists are particularly encouraged to submit papers.Prof. Dr. James K. Feathers
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- Luminescence dating methods
- Single-grain dating
- Quartz and Feldspar luminescence properties
- Luminescence provenience
- Fluvial dynamics
- Soil development.