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X-Ray Portable System for Non-Destructive Analysis of Archeological and Artistic Materials


The ICTP Multidisciplinary Laboratory has received a €600,000 grant from the local government of Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia for its project “Development of an X-Ray Portable System for Non-Destructive Analysis of Archeological and Artistic Materials”.  The project officially started 15 October 2008 and will be developed over three years.  ICTP will receive Euro 200,000 per year corresponding to three different annual phases of the project.

The proposal was prepared by Professor Claudio Tuniz, project referent, with Andres Cicuttin (ICTP MLAB) and Maria Liz Crespo (ICTP MLAB), in collaboration with Ariadna Mendoza Cuevas (Cuban ICTP Associate) and Giuliana Tromba (Sincrotrone Trieste).

The project is being carried out jointly with Sincrotrone Trieste, Elettra. ICTP Director Professor Katepalli R. Sreenivasan and the Elettra CEO Professor Alfonso Franciosi have signed the formal agreement on this project. To successfully achieve the goals of this project both research institutions, ICTP and Elettra, will complementarily exploit its scientific and technological expertise through a synergic cooperation.

The purpose of the project is to develop cutting-edge methodologies and instrumentation for research in interdisciplinary areas of great relevance for the study and conservation of cultural heritage of archaeological, historical, architectonic and artistic interest. The same methodologies will be a research instrument for environmental monitoring, and for non-destructive analysis of materials and small objects of interest for different disciplines such as paleontology, material sciences, biology, geology, etc. The project involves the development of a compact and portable device capable of conducting several combined complex analysis based on radiation X for the study and in situ not destructive characterization of a wide range of materials and small objects.

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