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Using X-rays to Analyze Cultural Heritage


This workshop hosted by the Art, Archaeology and Conservation Science and the Basic Science divisions of ACerS will bring students and other interested researchers from a variety of disciplines (engineering, art history, and archaeology) in contact with the leading scientists working in the field of synchrotron analysis of cultural heritage. Participants will learn about the latest research on the use of synchrotrons to analyze cultural heritage, obtain hands on experience with the examination and treatment of synchrotron derived data as taught by Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) staff scientists, and have a tour of the SSRL facility with a particular emphasis on the imaging microscopes at beamlines 2-3, 10-2, and 14-3. 

  On or before
Sept. 6, 2013
Sept. 6, 2013
ACerS Member $295 $370
ACerS Member plus membership renewal $415 $490
Nonmember $415 $490

Limited funding is available to Material Advantage student members. Student members should send a brief CV, a cover letter outlining how attendance of this workshop will enrich your educational experience, and one letter of recommendation to Marc Walton, Vice-Chair of the AACS division. Funding will be made on a first come first served basis, so please apply by August 14th for consideration.

Schedule of Events   
Session 1: October 1, 2013 at SSRL
9:30 a.m. Check-in/Coffee
10:00 a.m. Welcome: Marc Walton, Getty Conservation Institute and Apurva Mehta, SLAC
10:15 a.m. Uwe Bergmann, Interim Director at Linac Coherent Light Source, SLAC
Ancient Writings Under X-ray Vision
10:45 a.m. Joris Dik, Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
In situ Scanning Macro-XRF Investigation of Historical Paintings: Mobile Instruments vs. Synchrotrons
11:15 a.m. Jennifer Mass, Senior Scientist at the Winterthur Museum of Art
New Synchrotron-based Approaches for Probing the Alteration of Arsenic Sulfide and Cadmium Sulfide Based Artists’ Pigments
Noon Lunch
2:00 p.m. Ben Kocar and Apurva Mehta, SSRL Staff Scientists
Tour of Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource floor (emphasis on BL 2-3, 10-2, and 14-3)
3:00 p.m. Coffee and refreshments
3:30 p.m. Tutorial Part 1: Sample Preparation, XRF mapping, Region of interest masking using bivariate scatter plots, use of MCA’s for data-analysis, PCA Analysis, Micro-tomography
5:30 p.m. Adjourn
Session 2: October 2, 2013 at Cantor Center for the Visual Arts
9:30 a.m. Check-in/Coffee
10:00 a.m. Welcome: Susan K. Roberts-Manganelli, Manager, Collections, Exhibitions & Conservation Cantor Center for the Visual Arts at Stanford University
10:15 a.m. Zhi Liu, Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Study of Ancient Black-glazed Jian (Temmoku) Wares Using Synchrotron Radiation

10:45 a.m. Phillipe Sciau, Researcher at CNRS,
XANES Full-fired and Micro-XRD Study of Roman Ceramics: Estimating Firing Conditions
11:15 a.m. Volker Rose, Physicist, Argonne National Laboratories
X-rays Paint a Picture of Picasso’s Pigments
Noon Lunch
2:00 p.m. Sam Webb and Apurva Mehta, SSRL Staff Scientists
Tutorial Part 2: XANES and EXAFS at different edges (S, Fe, Cu, etc.)
4:00 p.m. Coffee
4:30 p.m. Tutorial Part 3: Multi-energy Mapping
5:30 p.m. Adjourn