Workshop on Portable X-ray Analytical Instruments for Cultural Heritage

Workshop on Portable X-ray Analytical Instruments for Cultural Heritage

29 Apri - 3 May, Adriatico Guest House, Trieste

The workshop is organised by the ICTP - Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (C.Tuniz, M.L.Crespo, A.Cicuttin), and the TWAS - Academy of Sciences for the Developing World along with Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A. (L.Mancini).

The purpose of the workshop is to train physicists and other scientists in X-ray Physics, Nondestructive Analytical Techniques, and State of the Art Instrumentation for the study and conservation of materials of interest to Cultural Heritage, Archaeology, Paleoanthropology and Paleontology.
Among several analysis techniques, X-ray based methods such as Radiography, Computed Micro-Tomography, Fluorescence and Diffraction have been widely used in the last years to characterize archaeological and artistic materials. Scientific investigations of cultural heritage materials have received an impressive impulse with the development of portable instruments that can perform non-invasively in-situ analyses.

This workshop will provide participants with theoretical and experimental background to carry out different X-ray based analyses. The schedule includes talks and lectures by leading experts. Among them Lucia Mancini, Alessandra Gianoncelli, Diego Dreossi, Dianne Eichert and Franco Zanini, coming from Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste.
Participants will also learn how to meet specific requirements by designing their own instrumentation with commercial off-the-shelf devices. The workshop will also give participants hands-on experimental training with state of the art instrumentation and software present at the ICTP Multidisciplinary Laboratory, such as a computed X-ray microtomography system and portable systems based on X-ray fluorescence, X-ray diffraction and radiography. These instruments have been developed thanks to a grant of the Regione Friuli - Venezia Giulia.

The workshop is interdisciplinary in nature and it targets a wide audience of professionals related to X-ray physics, archaeology, paleoanthropology, geology, material sciences, etc. The workshop will also stimulate the formation of multidisciplinary teams to undertake complex research projects for cultural heritage aimed to the conservation, protection and valorization of precious cultural heritage objects present in developing countries.






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