THE NEW LABORATORY FOR HERITAGE SCIENCE AT MTA ATOMKI – PREPARING FOR THE PARTICIPATION IN E-RIHS
MTA Atomki is an access provider within the EU H2020 IPERION CH (Integrated Platform for the European Research Infrastructure ON Culture Heritage) project. We welcome users mostly from the European Union,but the access is not limited to the EU member countries. We also participate in joint research activities in the field.
The Heritage Science Laboratory at MTA Atomki applies various analytical methods for the study of our culturaland natural heritage. Through determining the concentration and distribution of elements, ion beam analytical techniques – using ions in the MeV energy range produced by accelerators – can give information on provenance, authenticity, production technology, and degradationdue to environmental effects of art and archaeological objects. Cultural heritage samples are often not uniform, the available beam size down to 1 μm in vacuum provides excellent lateral resolution.
An external micro-beam arrangement isalso available for artefacts of bigger sizeor sensitive nature, also with mapping. Additional imaging and spectroscopic techniques are also available on site. As MTA Atomki aims to be part of the future FIXLAB of the envisioned E-RIHS (European Infrastructure for Heritage Science) distributed infrastructure, a range of new equipment, such as a 3D microscope, micro-XRF, and a so-called imaging station will arrive to our laboratoryso that we can offer even more comprehensive analysis to our partners.
Zita Szikszai, PhD
senior research fellow, laboratory head
Zsófia Kertész, PhD
senior research fellow