Development of non-destructive or micro-invasive scientific diagnostic techniques gained an outmost importance in the field of Cultural Heritage, contributing to assess authenticity, provenience and age of the objects, as well as supplying additional information to art conservators, to accomplish suitable restoring and preservative procedures. However, each diagnostic technique has its own advantages and limitations, thus in many cases the optimal sample characterization requires a synergy between different analytical approaches. In this context, Particle Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) and high energy (HE) PIXE with 3 MeV and 17 MeV proton beams respectively, Elastic Backscattering Spectrometry (EBS) and micro X-Ray Fluorescence (μ-XRF) techniques were applied in a multi-analytical approach to characterize the composition of the artifacts. The analysed samples were four Roman Imperial coins belonging to different periods between 41 A.D. and 4 B.C. The employed Ion Beam Analysis (IBA) and XRF provided comparable quantitative results relative to the main sample elemental composition. The obtained results vary significantly from one coin to the other, depending on the production date and place, and on the conservation conditions. © 2018

Analysis of Roman Imperial coins by combined PIXE, HE-PIXE and μ-XRF

Ronsivalle, C.;Picardi, L.;Vadrucci, M.
2019

Abstract

Development of non-destructive or micro-invasive scientific diagnostic techniques gained an outmost importance in the field of Cultural Heritage, contributing to assess authenticity, provenience and age of the objects, as well as supplying additional information to art conservators, to accomplish suitable restoring and preservative procedures. However, each diagnostic technique has its own advantages and limitations, thus in many cases the optimal sample characterization requires a synergy between different analytical approaches. In this context, Particle Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) and high energy (HE) PIXE with 3 MeV and 17 MeV proton beams respectively, Elastic Backscattering Spectrometry (EBS) and micro X-Ray Fluorescence (μ-XRF) techniques were applied in a multi-analytical approach to characterize the composition of the artifacts. The analysed samples were four Roman Imperial coins belonging to different periods between 41 A.D. and 4 B.C. The employed Ion Beam Analysis (IBA) and XRF provided comparable quantitative results relative to the main sample elemental composition. The obtained results vary significantly from one coin to the other, depending on the production date and place, and on the conservation conditions. © 2018
Particle Induced X ray Emission (PIXE);X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF);Ion Beam Analysis (IBA);Ancient roman imperial coins
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