Louisiana State University’s Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD) invites Archeologists to a 2 days’ workshop* on the application of synchrotron radiation based spectroscopic and imaging techniques for the characterization of archeological artefacts.
The program includes hands-on experiments and a comprehensive introduction into the following techniques: X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (SR.XRF), X-ray Absorption spectroscopy (XAS), and X-ray tomography. In the presentations a broad range of applications of these techniques on textile fibers, building materials, ceramics, glass, as well as bones and teeth will be discussed. Giving archeologists, forensic scientists, conservation scientists, and students in these areas a once in a lifetime introduction into experimental physics and cutting edge technologies. Further, in this workshop, the sample that the participants bring will be investigated for demonstrating the potential of the techniques offered at synchrotron radiation facilities.
These techniques help with the characterization of materials on an atomic/molecular level. The determination of the chemistry and material properties of the samples provide information about the provenance of the materials the samples are made from, the fabrication processes, and in many cases also the usage of the samples. The detailed understanding of these factors gives additional information about optimized cleaning and conservation processes.
*This workshop is supported by the National Park Service via a grant from the U.S. National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT).
Who: Young scientist (also grad-students) and faculty working in archeology wanting to learn new techniques for analyzing their artefacts with high tech in a non-destructive way.
Register: If you are interested, please send an applications with short CV, the archeological questions/objects you are interested in, and if you need any financial support either via email or mail to Prof. J Hormes no later than December 11 (deadline). The number of participants is limited to 12.
Josef Hormes, PhD Physics, Professor (LSU), 40 years of experience in synchrotron based XAS and XRF
Lisa Bovenkamp-Langlois, PhD Physics, Scientist (LSU), 10 years of experience in synchrotron based XAS and XRF
Kyungmin Ham, PhD Physics, Professor (LSU), 20 years of experience in synchrotron based X-ray tomography.
Orhan Kizilkaya, PhD Physics, Professor (LSU), 20 years of experience in synchrotron based soft-XAS.
Cost: (that include lunches, coffee breaks and some literature)
$200.00 (for faculty)
$0 (for students)