Advances in Earth Science ›› 2017, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (10): 1111-1118. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2017.10.1111

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Optical Dating Equivalent Dose (D e) Comparison of Global Standardised Growth Curve (gSGC) and Single-aliquot Regenerative-dose (SAR) Methods for Quartz Grains

Yang Hongyu 1, 2, Zhao Hui 1, *, Wang Xingfan 1, 2, Geng Jianwei 1, 2   

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Desert and Desertification, Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000, China;
    2.College of Resources and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Benjing 100049, China
  • Received:2017-06-05 Revised:2017-09-05 Online:2017-10-20 Published:2017-10-20
  • Contact: Zhao Hui(1973-),male,Xinzhou City,Shanxi Province,Professor. Research areas include optical dating and environmental evolution.E-mail:hzhao@lzb.ac.cn
  • About author:Yang Hongyu(1992-),female,Taigu County,Shanxi Province,Master student. Research areas include environmental engineering.E-mail:yanghongyu15@mails.ucas.ac.cn
  • Supported by:

    Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China“Moutain flood from southwestern margin of Badain Jaran Desert recharges the desert-groundwater by sedimentology and chronlogy evidences”(No. 41771016).

Yang Hongyu, Zhao Hui, Wang Xingfan, Geng Jianwei. Optical Dating Equivalent Dose (D e) Comparison of Global Standardised Growth Curve (gSGC) and Single-aliquot Regenerative-dose (SAR) Methods for Quartz Grains[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2017, 32(10): 1111-1118.

Optical dating is a method of measuring the time since the sample was buried from last thermal event or light exposure. Samples such as quartz and feldspar grains are the most commonly used sediment of measurement. Single-Aliquot Regenerative-dose (SAR) method has become the most acceptable procedure for obtaining the equivalent Dose (De) of a sample. The Standardised Growth Curve (SGC) method provides a possible procedure for measuring a large number of samples; the limitation is that the growth curve fitted by different samples or even different aliquots is divergent. The global Standardised Growth Curve (gSGC) method improves the shortage by normalizing the dose response curves using one regenerative dose OSL signal. The gSGC provides a possible method for obtaining the De value of the sample efficiently and quickly. However, due to the radiation dose rate, operating procedures and instrument error and the selected regenerative-dose normalized dose value, etc., each laboratory should develop their own gSGC which has unique parameters. This study established the gSGC curve and measurement process of our laboratory, and then compared the consistency of the equivalent Dose (De) values from gSGC and SAR methods. In gSGC procedure, the De value of an aliquot can be estimated from the nature signal, one regenerative dose signal and their corresponding test dose signal. It will speed up the optical dating measurement rate of our laboratory and provide reference to establish gSGC in other laboratories. It is found that in the low dose range (0~100 Gy) the obtained De values were well consistent by gSGC and SAR methods. There were obviously differences in the higher dose range (>100 Gy) compared to the SAR results. It may be due to the insufficient number of older samples used to fit gSGC in this study. It is necessary to gradually accumulate more samples to improve the gSGC parameters in the future work. For some aliquots, individual quartz grains do not follow the global standardised growth curve, which leads to some deviations of De from gSGC. However, these two methods could obtain the similar average De value when multiple aliquots measuring.

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