Description The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) organizes a Workshop on Advances in X-Ray Instrumentation for Cultural Heritage Applications, to be held at the ICTP in Trieste, from 13 to 17 July 2015.

The purpose of the workshop is to inform and educate scientists on recent instrumental developments that improve and expand the analytical merits of X-ray based techniques for Cultural Heritage (CH) applications. Nowadays, X-ray based methodologies are applied for the characterization of cultural materials in a broad context, in-situ in museum and archaeological sites, using versatile handheld and portable devices or at advanced accelerator charged particle and synchrotron radiation facilities. The end-user community of this technology rapidly expands including now conservation scientists, professionals, CH Institutions and researchers from museums analytical laboratories and archaeological departments. The workshop program will emphasize hands-on practical sessions to familiarize the participants with the instrumentation and analytical features of handheld and portable X-ray spectrometers, including access to the IAEA end-station at the X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) beamline of Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste and the experimental facilities of the ICTP Multidisciplinary Laboratory.

The following specific topics will be included:

• Trends and Developments in X-Ray Spectrometry Instrumentation
• Handheld/Portable XRF Analysers: In-situ methodologies, best practices, quantitative analyses;
• 2D and 3D elemental/chemical speciation analysis
and imaging using micro-XRF and micro-XANES spectrometries;
• Standard-less XRF quantification and related software;
• Macro and Full-Field XRF analysis;
• XRF/XRD 2D imaging and micro-computed tomography (microCT);
• External Ion Beam Analysis;
• Hands-on sessions on Handheld/Portable XRF analyzers, microCT,
dual XRF-XRD analysis, Synchrotron micro-XRF and micro-XANES analysis.

Go to day
  • Monday, 13 July 2015
    • 09:00 - 11:00
      • 09:00 REGISTRATION 1h0' ( Foyer, Leonardo da Vinci building (desk nearby InfoPoint) )
        Foyer, Leonardo da Vinci building (desk nearby InfoPoint)
      • 10:00 Time to participants for administrative formalities 1h0'
    • 11:00 - 17:30
      • 11:00 COFFEE outside Euler lecture room 30'
      • 11:30 Physics and Cultural Heritage 30'
        Speaker: Claudio Tuniz (ICTP - Trieste)
      • 12:00 IAEA activities in the field of Cultural Heritage 30'
        Speaker: Andreas Karydas (IAEA - Vienna)
      • 12:30 LUNCH BREAK 1h30'
      • 14:00 X-ray spectrometry at external-beam IBA facilities for cultural heritage applications 1h0'
        Speaker: Massimo Chiari (INFN Sesto Fiorentino (Florence) Italy)
        Material: Slides
      • 15:00 Quantification in X-ray Fluorescence Analysis and the contribution of Monte Carlo simulations 1h0'
        Speaker: Mateusz Czyzycki (IAEA - Vienna)
        Material: Slides
      • 16:00 Coffee Break 30'
      • 16:30 X-ray sources and optics 1h0'
        Speaker: Dimosthenis Sokaras (SLAC, San Francisco/USA)
        Material: Slides
    • 19:00 - 21:30 RECEPTION
      Participants, Lecturers and Directors are invited to the Reception
      Location: Cafeteria, Leonardo building
  • Tuesday, 14 July 2015
    • 09:00 - 17:15
      • 09:00 In-situ XRF analysis as a diagnostic analytical tool in the conservation field 1h0'
        Speaker: Andreas Karydas (IAEA - Vienna)
        Material: Slides
      • 10:00 XRF imaging of historical paintings on the macro-scale: Capabilities and limitations 1h0'
        Speaker: Matthias Alfeld (Universitè de Pierre et Marie Curie Paris VI)
        Material: Slides
      • 11:00 Coffee Break 30'
      • 11:30 Evaluation and interpretation of large datasets from scanning macro X-ray fluorescence (MA-XRF) experiments: application to historical paintings 1h0'
        Speaker: Piet Van Espen (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
        Material: Slides
      • 12:30 LUNCH BREAK 1h30'
      • 14:00 Introduction to the X-ray Absorption spectroscopy 1h0'
        Speaker: Giuliana Aquilanti (Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste)
        Material: Slides
      • 15:00 Chemical speciation with high resolution x-ray spectroscopy 45'
        Speaker: Dimosthenis Sokaras (SLAC, San Francisco/USA)
        Material: Slides
      • 15:45 Coffee Break 30'
      • 16:15 Synchrotron-based X-ray spectromicroscopy for the study of the alteration process of artists' pigments 1h0'
        Speaker: Letizia Monico (CNR-ISTM, Perugia (Italy)/Antwerp University (Belgium))
        Material: Slides
  • Wednesday, 15 July 2015
    • 09:00 - 17:30
      • 09:00 Applications of SR X-ray imaging to the investigation of historical samples 1h0'
        Speaker: Franco Zanini (Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste, University of Trieste)
        Material: Slides
      • 10:00 Portable XRF/XRD instrumentation for cultural heritage applications 1h0'
        Speaker: Alessandra Gianoncelli (Elettra Sincrotrone - Trieste)
      • 11:00 Coffee Break 30'
      • 11:30 Advanced methods in virtual imaging for the study of human evolution 1h0'
        Speaker: Clement Zanolli (University of Pretoria/S.Africa)
      • 12:30 LUNCH BREAK 1h30'
      • 14:00 Macro and micro Full Field X-ray Fluorescence: developments and applications in the Cultural Heritage Field 1h0'
        Speaker: Paolo Francesco Romano (IBAM CNR & LNS INFN, Catania/Italy)
        Material: Slides
      • 15:00 Fast XRF imaging and related methods: Using the Maia detector at beamline P06 of DESY for the investigation of cultural heritage 1h0'
        Speaker: Matthias Alfeld (Universitè de Pierre et Marie Curie Paris VI/France)
        Material: Slides
      • 16:00 Coffee Break 30'
      • 16:30 Synchrotron radiation-based micro-XANES and micro-XRD for the characterization and degradation of chrome yellow pigments: a focus on paintings by Vincent van Gogh 1h0'
        Speaker: Letizia Monico (CNR-ISTM, Perugia (Italy)/Antwerp University (Belgium))
        Material: Slides
  • Thursday, 16 July 2015
    • 09:00 - 16:30
      Location: Euler room, Leonardo lab and Mlab
      • 09:00 TUTORIAL - Practical session on XAS Analysis 1h0' ( Leonardo Building - Euler Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: Giuliana Aquilanti (Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste)
        Material: Slides
      • 10:00 PRACTICAL SESSION I, Handheld XRF analysis 1h0' ( Leonardo Building - Euler Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: Andreas Karydas (IAEA - Vienna)
      • 11:00 Coffee break 30' ( Outside Euler room )
      • 11:30 PRACTICAL SESSION II, Handheld XRF Analysis 1h30' ( Leonardo Building - Euler Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: Andreas Karydas (IAEA - Vienna)
      • 13:00 LUNCH BREAK 1h30'
      • 14:30 PRACTICAL SESSION: Combined XRF/XRD analysis 2h0' ( Multidisciplinary Laboratory )
        Group I (60 minutes)
        Group II (60 minutes)
        Speaker: Ariadna Mendoza Cuevas (Colegio Universitario San Geronimo de La Habana, Havana - Cuba)
        Material: Slides
      • 14:30 PRACTICAL SESSION: X-ray microCT in cultural heritage applications 2h0' ( Multidisciplinary Laboratory )
        Group II (60 minutes)
        Group I (60 minutes)
        Speaker: Federico Bernardini (Multidisciplinary Laboratory, ICTP)
  • Friday, 17 July 2015
    • 08:30 - 13:00
      • 08:30 Current status and trends in X-ray energy dispersive detection and imaging 1h0'
        Speaker: Ralf Menk (Elettra Sincrotrone - Trieste)
      • 09:30 Application of gaseous detectors for full-field EDXRF imaging of works of art 1h0'
        Speaker: Pawel Wrobel (AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow/Poland)
        Material: Slides
      • 10:30 Coffee Break 30'
      • 11:00 Combined use of X-rays- and charged particles-based portable techniques in Arts and Archaeology 1h0'
        Speaker: Paolo Francesco Romano (IBAM CNR & LNS INFN, Catania/Italy)
        Material: Slides
      • 12:00 Feedback and Concluding Remarks 1h0'
        Speaker: Workshop Directors