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|Title:||Imaging of Cultural Heritage Objects Using Neutron Resonances|
|Authors:||PERELLI CIPPO E.; BORELLA Alessandro; GORINI G.; KOCKELMANN W.; MOXON M.; POSTMA Hans; RHODES N.; SCHILLEBEECKX Peter; SCHOONENVELD E.; TARDOCCHI M.; DUSZ K.; HAJNAL Z.; BIRO K.; PORCINAI S.; ANDREANI C.; FESTA G.|
|Citation:||JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL ATOMIC SPECTROMETRY vol. 26 no. 5 p. 992-999|
|Publisher:||ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||Neutron resonances are the signature signals of a non-destructive elemental and isotopic analysis 10 technique in archaeological sciences. We report on Neutron Resonance Transmission Analysis and its capabilities as a bulk elemental imaging technique to test the homogeneity of samples and to localize elements of interest in archaeological samples and museum objects. A high neutron flux is required for imaging in order to achieve reasonable spatial resolution and to keep measurement times within realistic limits. A modular system for neutron resonance transmission analysis has been designed and installed at the INES beamline of the ISIS spallation neutron source as a part of the ANCIENT CHARM project. The main component is a neutron position sensitive transmission detector which is based on a 10x10 array of 6Li-glass crystals mounted on a pitch of 2.5 mm, resulting in a 25x25 mm2 active area. Transmission spectra are obtained by a measurement of the flight time of epithermal neutrons passing through an object. The transmission dips observed in a time-of-flight spectrum can be used to identify and quantify specific nuclides. In this paper the technique is described together with the data reduction and analysis procedures. In addition, preliminary results obtained from measurements on cultural heritage samples are discussed.|
|JRC Directorate:||Health, Consumers and Reference Materials|
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