Physic techniques applied to cultural heritage: laboratory

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The primary objective of the course is to teach an experimental approach to the measurements in the field of radioactivity, of spectroscopy and imaging techniques. Students are driven through the use of laboratory technology to artwork analysis and to the preparation of laboratory reports.
Expected learning outcomes
Experimental skills in the use of instrumentation for the determination of radioactivity from calibrated sources and natural materials and of use of detectors for imaging in different spectral bands. Ability to manage elaboration and representation of experimental data acquired through the different laboratory instruments.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Course syllabus
For the part of optical and analytical techniques, students are introduced to X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy techniques and visible and near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy for the study and characterization of pictorial pigments. Punctual techniques are combined with laboratory experiences using UV fluorescence imaging, IR reflectography and X-ray radiography

For the part related to radioactivity, students are offered two complementary experiences. The first is based on environmental dose measurements due to natural radioactivity, by means of thermoluminescence technique. The second is based on measurements of activity of natural radionuclides occurring both in ceramic building samples of archaeological interest, and in soil samples, using gamma spectrometry techniques.
Prerequisites for admission
universitary course of physics applied to the study of cultural heritage
Teaching methods
frontal lessons and laboratory group experiences
Teaching Resources
slides and notes supplied by the teachers
Assessment methods and Criteria
laboratory report and oral exam
FIS/07 - APPLIED PHYSICS - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
on demand via e-mail
At LASA - Segrate or at Physics Department