First results on the use of a EDXRF scanner for 3D imaging of paintings




A 3D map of chemical elements distribution from energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) analysis would be a perfect conclusion in a detailed study of any type of artifact. This map can be easily achieved by using synchrotron light as source of radiation, and micro-optics both at the source and at the detector. In such a manner a micro-voxel is irradiated and detected, which can be at any depth with respect to the surface of the artifact. This method is effective but needs a high-intensity X-ray source; therefore, its use in archaeometry is limited. An alternative method is proposed in the present paper, which uses a portable EDXRF-device to measure the altered Ka/Kb or La/Lb-ratios, which allow to locate the chemical elements. Several examples are described.

Author Biographies

Stefano Ridolfi, Arsmeansure srl, Roma

independent professional and researcher

Antonio Brunetti, Università di Sassari

Associate professor of Applied Physics

Ricardo T Lopes, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

full professor of Nuclear engeeniring

Giovanni E Gigante, Dipartimento di Scienze di Base e Applicate per l'Ingegneria, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”

Full professor of Applied Physics


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