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The R package 'RCarb' provides a collection of various R functions to model dose rates in carbonate-rich samples. The package is a translation of the 'MATLAB' program Carb by Roger P. Nathan.

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This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or any later version.

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Kreutzer, S., Mauz, B., Martin, L., Mercier, N., 2019. ‘RCarb’: Dose Rate Modelling of Carbonate-Rich Samples - an Implementation of Carb in R -. Ancient TL 37, 1–8. http://ancienttl.org/ATL_37-2_2019/ATL_37-2_Kreutzer_p1-8.pdf

Nathan, R.P., Mauz, B., 2008. On the dose-rate estimate of carbonate-rich sediments for trapped charge dating. Radiation Measurements 43, 14–25. doi: 10.1016/j.radmeas.2007.12.012

Mauz, B., Hoffmann, D., 2014. What to do when carbonate replaced water: Carb, the model for estimating the dose rate of carbonate-rich samples. Ancient TL 32, 24–32. http://ancienttl.org/ATL_32-2_2014/ATL_32-2_Mauz_p24-32.pdf

Further reading

Nathan, R.P., 2010. Numerical modelling of environmental dose rate and its application to trapped-charge dating. DPhil thesis, St Hugh’s College, Oxford. https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/ora:6421