Art & Antiques
Museum curators, art historians, and archeologists analysis to alert
Art, artifact and antique analysis can be done using non-destructive, fast and simple XRF methods to identify what items are made of.
Art historians, archeologists and conservators are constantly concerned with the questions of where, when and by whom an object was made. Investigations of physical properties and especially chemical composition of artifacts are helpful and increasingly applied to allocate an object to a particular historic or prehistoric context, to determine the correctness of the presumed origin or to explore the technology used for the manufacturing.
Careful material analysis combined with historical knowledge
Are used to predict the geographic origin of an object or at least the origin of the materials of which it was made. The legacy of the material can be determined allowing the archeologists to identify trade routes. Since many works of art and artifacts can be quite large and must be kept intact, “open architecture” XRF analyzers have been specially designed for “open beam” XRF analysis directly on the art object.
Museum curators, art historians, and archeologists must be constantly alert to forgeries. EDXRF is a great tool for them since it can identify the specific elemental composition of rare and valuable items without damaging them. Using EDXRF allows to measure a wide range of elementals and concentrations without any time consuming or elaborate sample preparation. Samples can be measured in different forms; loose powders, pressed into pellets or solids and are ready for measurement within seconds.
Xenemetrix Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (EDXRF) spectrometers are the simplest, most accurate, non-destructive and economical analytical systems. They provide high accuracy and precision with excellent detection limits (0.1 – 1 mg/kg). Small and compact EDXRF benchtop analyzers can be taken to the field and provide on-line analysis for instant research support without having to wait weeks for tedious laboratory analysis of samples.