2014-06

2014-06

The Laboratory for Cultural materials in the Department of Materials Science and engineering, led by Professor Pamela B. Vandiver, has established a facility for non-destructive for imaging of the internal structure of objects and materials using xeroradiography. This electrostatic technique provides edge-enhancement of flaws, macrostructural and textural features to a resolution of 50 microns. Supported by a grant from the National Center for Preservation Training and Technology, a division of the National Park Service, by part of a State of Arizona TRIFF grant for imaging, and by a donation of xeroradiographic equipment and supplies from the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Conservation Institute, the facility has initiated several projects, including the reverse engineering of ancient and traditional ceramic technologies.

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