Advanced training on the Analysis of Synchrotron Based X-ray Images for Heritage and Ancient Materials

Responsabilité scientifique :

  • Loïc Bertrand
  • Sam Webb (SLAC, Stanford)

Axes de recherche :

Altération et conservation
Analyses en toute sécurité
Fossiles et témoins de vie ancienne
Matériaux d’artistes et matérialité des œuvres
Objets : provenance, chaînes opératoires, pratiques
Paléo-environnements et taphonomie
Signal, calcul et statistiques

Partenariat :

  • DIM Matériaux anciens et patrimoniaux

Financement :

  • DIM Matériaux anciens et patrimoniaux

Descriptif :

Synchrotron based x-ray techniques provide a wealth of information on a range of scientific samples. Developments for a few decades have put in evidence the particular interest of synchrotron techniques for cultural heritage and ancient systems. However, several challenges exist in typical experiments, from optimizing and planning an effective experiment, collecting data in an efficient manner, monitoring the specimens to allow safer experiments, to extracting useful information from large data sets. Taking advantage of the invited professorship in the Ile-de-France Region (Bourse d’Alembert, University Paris-Saclay) of Dr Sam Webb, head of the Imaging group at the Stanford synchrotron radiation laboratory, a two and a half day workshop will be organized that will introduce participants to a series of analysis strategies for synchrotron x-ray fluorescence (XRF) imaging and x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) in particular, in the context of heritage and environmental fields. Synchrotron XRF provides spatially resolved information on the elemental composition, which can be complemented by XAS in order to determine the specific chemistry of elements of interest.

From the viewpoint of the DIM Matériaux anciens et patrimoniaux, this training module will provide a first opportunity to propose an advanced training course common to the whole Ile-de-France universities and ComUEs, in order to further elaborate about common training programmes that could be common to entities in Ile-de-France. PhD students and post-docs from the DIM will have access to 10 reserved applications.

More information on the dedicated SciencesCall platform.

Important dates

Submission: until 10 September

Evaluation: from 11 September to 27 September

Notification to the applicants: 30 September

Registration: from 1 October until 4 October