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The R package 'Luminescence' by the R-Luminescence Group provides a collection of various R functions for luminescence dating data analysis.

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i. Requirements

  • Windows (32/64bit): Rtools (provided by CRAN)
  • macOS: Xcode (provided by Apple)
  • Linux: gcc often comes pre-installed in most distributions.

ii. Install the package

Install any development versions using our RStudio add-in

The plain R way

To install the stable version from CRAN, simply run the following from an R console:


To install the latest development builds directly from GitHub, run

devtools::install_github("R-Lum/Luminescence@<wanted branch>")


The R luminescence project is based on and evolves from ideas, contributions and constructive criticism of its users. Help us to maintain and develop the package, to find bugs and create new functions as well as a user-friendly design. Try https://github.com/R-Lum/Luminescence/issues or write us an e-mail if anything crosses your mind or if you want your new self-written function to be to implemented. You are kindly invited to bring forward the package with us!


The package comes without any guarantee!

Please further note that this version is a development version and may change day by day. For stable branches please visit the package on CRAN Luminescence.


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.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.


  • 2011-2013: The initial version of the package was developed in the framework of the PhD thesis by Sebastian Kreutzer, while he was funded through the DFG programme “Rekonstruktion der Umweltbedingungen des Spätpleistozäns in Mittelsachsen anhand von Löss-Paläobodensequenzen” (GEPRIS id: 46526743)

  • 2014-2018: Cooperation and personal exchange between the developers is gratefully funded by the DFG in the framework of the program “Scientific Networks”. Project title: “RLum.Network: Ein Wissenschaftsnetzwerk zur Analyse von Lumineszenzdaten mit R” (GEPRIS id: 250974974)

  • 05/2014-12/2019: The work of Sebastian Kreutzer as maintainer of the package was supported by LabEx LaScArBx (ANR - n. ANR-10-LABX-52).

  • 01/2020-04/2022: Sebastian Kreutzer as maintainer of the package has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 844457 (CREDit), and could continue maintaining the package.

  • All other authors gratefully received additional funding from various public funding bodies.

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Last Published

February 3rd, 2023

Functions in Luminescence (0.9.21)