Friday January 22, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
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Room 374 
CHESS/Wilson Lab
161 Synchrotron Drive
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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Louisa Smieska, Arthur Woll or Kathy Dedrick 
CHESS User Office 

Mini-workshop on XRF mapping and related experiments for cultural heritage research 

DEADLINE: Monday, 1/18/16 @ 5PM

PRESENTERS: Dr. Arthur Woll, senior research scientist; Dr. Louisa Smieska, postdoctoral researcher

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Curators, conservators, conservation scientists — anyone with an interest in technical examination of objects with substantial inorganic material components.


Scanning x-ray fluorescence (or macro-XRF), an elemental imaging technique employing both synchrotron- and lab-based x-ray sources, is quickly growing in popularity and scope of application. This free mini-workshop will provide information about the capabilities for macro-XRF and related x-ray experiments at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS). The event will consist of two brief presentations that will review applications of macro-XRF in cultural heritage research (such as identifying historic materials and instances of pigment degradation), address feasibility of potential projects, and share general criteria for successful research at CHESS. In discussions after each presentation, we will encourage input and questions on potential applications of our instruments as well as ideas for future developments at CHESS.

The workshop will be held on-site at Cornell, and online via Webex streaming. A tour of CHESS will be available for on-site attendees after the workshop.