Neutron diffractometer INES for quantitative phase analysis of archaeological objects.

S. Imberti, W. Kockelmann, M. Celli, F. Grazzi, M. Zoppi, A. Botti, A. Sodo, M.L. Imperiale, M. de Vries-Melein, D. Visser, H. Postma

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With the Italian Neutron Experimental Station (INES) a new general purpose neutron powder diffractometer is available at ISIS, characterized by a high resolution at low d-spacings, and particularly suited for the quantitative phase analysis of a wide range of archaeological materials. Time-of-flight neutron diffraction is notable for being a non-destructive technique, allowing a reliable determination of the phase compositions of multiphase artefacts, with or without superficial corrosion layers. A selection of archaeometric studies carried out during the first year of the INES user programme is presented here to demonstrate the capabilities of the instrument. © 2008 IOP Publishing Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalMeasurement Science and Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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