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See detailGamma-Ray Spectrometry: Experimental Measurement and Monte Carlo Simulation using GEANT4 toolkit
Guembou Shouop, Cébastien Joel ULg; Ndontchueng Moyo, Maurice; Chene, Grégoire ULg et al

Scientific conference (2016, July 13)

Nowadays the precision in the measurement has become a challenge for physicists. That is why in recent decades, the interest is very granted to simulation. Since 1940, the method Monte Carlo is more ... [more ▼]

Nowadays the precision in the measurement has become a challenge for physicists. That is why in recent decades, the interest is very granted to simulation. Since 1940, the method Monte Carlo is more useful for validation and even for prediction of the results of the experiment. The aim of this study is to validate experimental models. Our laboratories are equipped with HPGe gamma spectrometers for measuring the natural radioactivity, it becomes interesting to compare and even to improve the performance of our system. Geant4 is used for the construction of the geometry of detection, the physics processes and the primary particles. First and prliminary result was prsented in this paper. [less ▲]

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See detailPIXE-PIGE analysis of Early Medieval Glass Artefacts at IPNAS cyclotron external beam line
Chene, Grégoire ULg; Van Wersch, Line ULg; Biron, Isabelle et al

Poster (2016, July 05)

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See detailGeochemistry and mineralogy approaches to characterize brick and its lake sediments sources: Antioch Roman City (Southern Turkey)
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Benjelloun, Yacine et al

Poster (2016, July)

The Roman aqueduct of Antioch-on-the-Orontes (Southern Turkey) is situated close to the Antioch city. This last is located near the Amik Lake (Lake of Antioch) and close to the junction between the active ... [more ▼]

The Roman aqueduct of Antioch-on-the-Orontes (Southern Turkey) is situated close to the Antioch city. This last is located near the Amik Lake (Lake of Antioch) and close to the junction between the active Dead Sea fault and the East Anatolian fault. During the Roman period, the Amik Plain was more densely occupied than at any time in its history [1]. The study focuses on the bricks and the lake sediments characterization in order to determine the source area as well as the technical production used at this period. For this purpose, several bricks were sampled on different parts of the city's aqueducts. Furthermore, a core of about 6 m of sediments was also collected from the dried Amik Lake. The bricks were characterized through a mineralogical (XRD) and chemical (PIXE-PIGE) approaches. Unfired clay fraction remained as inclusion in the brick was separated and then analysed using XRD. Geochemical composition and clay mineralogy were performed on the raw sediments from the Amik Lake in order to compare the source area. Technological test will be performed on the raw clay sediments from the Amik Lake in the purpose to understand the production techniques used at this time. The age of the brick production was previously dated to the Roman Period [2]. The synthesis of all the data attested the Amik Lake sediment as the raw material for the bricks of the aqueduct. Clay mineral composition from the Roman period deposited in the lake is smectite, illite, kaolinite and small amount of mixed-layer clays. The similar clays composition is found in the remained clays on the brick used for the aqueduct construction. Fast and heterogeneous firing practice characterized the manufacturing of these materials due to the rapid need for the materials during the post-seismic repairs after earthquakes that are mentioned in historical written works. [1] J. Casana, Geomorphology, 101, 429-442 (2008) [2] Y. Benjelloun, J. de Sigoyer, J. Carlut, A. Hubert-Ferrari, H. Dessales, H. Pamir, V. Karabacak, Comptes Rendus Geoscience, 347, 170-180 (2015) [less ▲]

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See detailNatural radioactivity and elemental composition of sands in the Douala region, Littoral of Cameroon Using Portable XRF and HPGe detector
Guembou Shouop, Cébastien Joel ULg; Ndontchueng Moyo, Maurice; Chene, Grégoire ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 21)

Twenty four sand samples from seven sand quarries alone the Gulf of Guinea, Douala Littoral region of Cameroon, were analyzed using high purity germanium detector and a portable X-ray fluorescence (PXRF ... [more ▼]

Twenty four sand samples from seven sand quarries alone the Gulf of Guinea, Douala Littoral region of Cameroon, were analyzed using high purity germanium detector and a portable X-ray fluorescence (PXRF) spectrometer. A comprehensive study was conducted to determine the natural radioactivity concentrations and the geological provenience of sand samples from seven different quarries sites of the Douala, a popular city, and its surroundings. The radioactivity investigation was performed by using high resolution gamma-ray spectrometry. From the measured gamma-spectra, the average activity concentrations were determined for 226Ra, 232Th, 40K and 235U for a depth of 5–25 cm. Results of this study were compared to values from other locations around the world. X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF) measurements were performed for the quantitative elemental analysis of the sands, revealing the major, minor and trace elements present in the investigated samples. Reference marine and geological sample are used to check precision and accuracy of the equipment for major and minor components. From XRF experimental results it was possible to estimate the geological provenience of the analyzed sands. These data record the radioactivity background levels in sands and could be used as reference information in Cameroon. The comparison of major (Si, Al), minor (K, Ca,Fe), and trace (Ti, Mn, Zr, Rb, Sr) element ratios was made. The results indicate that the levels of Si and Al can be very helpful in subgroup definition and provide useful clues to the raw materials used for glassmaking in Cameroon. [less ▲]

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See detailRecent technical developments of non-invasive cultural heritage analysis at the University of Liège
Strivay, David ULg; Chene, Grégoire ULg; Calvo Del Castillo, Helena ULg et al

Conference (2015, December 07)

The University of Liège has more than twenty years of experience in the use of ion beam analysis techniques for cultural heritage research. We will present here some of the recent developments. First, we ... [more ▼]

The University of Liège has more than twenty years of experience in the use of ion beam analysis techniques for cultural heritage research. We will present here some of the recent developments. First, we have developed a high energy extracted beamline up to 20 MeV on our cyclotron with a good energy resolution of a few keV. These last years Ion Beam Analysis users show an interest in High Energy Alpha beam. These beams can be used for on-site analysis by means of radioactive sources e.g. for space application but they also offer a powerful combination of properties for the analysis of thick layers (about 10 to 20 µm). This kind of layers are often met in cultural heritage applications but can be also present on new materials. Contrary to this kind of materials where the principal information needed is the in-depth profiles as the sample are of known composition, for cultural heritage materials the combination of elemental analysis and their in-depth distribution is essential as the nature of the material is a-priori not known. We will also present the development around our first extracted beamline. We have indeed improved the automatic scanning system for macro-PIXE. Some examples will be shown. Finally we will show other non-invasive analysis developments related to cultural heritage. [less ▲]

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See detailTiO2 templated films used as photoelectrode for solid-state DSSC applications: Study of the solid electrolyte infiltration by Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry
Dewalque, Jennifer ULg; Colson, Pierre ULg; Mathis, François et al

Poster (2015, May 10)

Liquid-state dye-sensitized solar cells can suffer from electrolyte evaporation and leakage. Therefore solid-state hole transporting materials are investigated as alternative electrolyte materials ... [more ▼]

Liquid-state dye-sensitized solar cells can suffer from electrolyte evaporation and leakage. Therefore solid-state hole transporting materials are investigated as alternative electrolyte materials. However, in solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells, optimal TiO2 films thickness is limited to a few microns allowing the adsorption of only a low quantity of photoactive dye and thus leading to poor light harvesting and low conversion efficiency. In order to overcome this limitation, high surface area templated films are investigated as alternative to nanocrystalline films prepared by doctor-blade or screen-printing. Moreover, templating is expected to improve the pore accessibility what would promote the solid electrolyte penetration inside the porous network, making possible efficient charge transfers. In this study, films prepared from different structuring agents are discussed in terms of microstructural properties (porosity, crystallinity) as well as effect on the dye loading and Spiro-OMeTAD (2,2',7,7'-tetrakis-(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)9,9'-spirobifluorene) solid electrolyte filling. Different techniques such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atmospheric poroellipsometry (AEP) and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-vis.) have been used to describe the microstructural features of the films. Besides, we have implemented Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) as an innovative non-destructive tool to characterize the hole transporting materials infiltration. Templated films show dye loading more than two times higher than nanocrystalline films prepared by doctor-blade or screen-printing and solid electrolyte infiltration up to 88%. [less ▲]

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See detailPore-filling of Spiro-OMeTAD determined by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry in templated TiO2 photoelectrodes
Dewalque, Jennifer ULg; Colson, Pierre ULg; Thalluri, Venkata Visveswara Gopala Kris ULg et al

in Organic Electronics (2014), 15

Liquid-state dye-sensitized solar cells can suffer from electrolyte evaporation and leakage. Therefore solid-state hole transporting materials are investigated as alternative electrolyte materials ... [more ▼]

Liquid-state dye-sensitized solar cells can suffer from electrolyte evaporation and leakage. Therefore solid-state hole transporting materials are investigated as alternative electrolyte materials. However, in solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells, optimal TiO2 films thickness is limited to a few microns allowing the adsorption of only a low quantity of photoactive dye and thus leading to poor light harvesting and low conversion efficiency. In order to overcome this limitation, high surface area templated films are investigated as alternative to nanocrystalline films prepared by doctor-blade or screen-printing. Moreover, templating is expected to improve the pore accessibility what would promote the solid electrolyte penetration inside the porous network, making possible efficient charge transfers. In this study, films prepared from different structuring agents are discussed in terms of microstructural properties (porosity, crystallinity) as well as impact on the dye loading and Spiro-OMeTAD (2,2',7,7'-tetrakis-(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)9,9'-spirobifluorene) solid electrolyte filling. We first report Rutherford backscattering spectrometry as an innovative non-destructive tool to characterize the hole transporting materials infiltration. Templated films show dye loading more than two times higher than nanocrystalline films prepared by doctor-blade or screen-printing and solid electrolyte infiltration up to 88%. [less ▲]

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See detailLes vitraux alto-médiévaux de Stavelot (Belgique)
Van Wersch, Line; Biron, Isabelle; Neuray, Brigitte et al

in ArchéoSciences (2014), 38

This paper is about the early medieval window glass from the monastery of Stavelot. The number of fragments, the surface and the quality of conservation are quite exceptional and Stavelot appears as a ... [more ▼]

This paper is about the early medieval window glass from the monastery of Stavelot. The number of fragments, the surface and the quality of conservation are quite exceptional and Stavelot appears as a very important site for the study of ancient glass, especially glass from the early Middle Ages that is still little known. Beside their interest for the history of the site and its comprehension, these glass artifacts give us the possibility to reach the history of stained-glass window and glass fabrication techniques. The archaeological study allows us to quantify and characterize the artifacts (shapes, color, shaping techniques). The analyses in PIXE-PIGE provide the glass composition. Further the coexistence of soda and potash glass in the same archaeological contexts, it points out compositional groups revealing various recipes. Thanks to it, we can also reach coloration recipes. Finally, the question of glass production on the site is debated. [less ▲]

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See detailPIXE Analysis for the pigment identification in the Nizet manucript (18th century)
Machowski, Mélanie ULg; Calvo Del Castillo, Helena ULg; Oger, Cécile ULg et al

Poster (2013, September)

Written in 1740, the Nizet Manuscript is a heraldry book compiling the genealogy of the Nizet family (Verviers, Belgium). It presents a large number of hand-painted heraldries in traditional heraldic ... [more ▼]

Written in 1740, the Nizet Manuscript is a heraldry book compiling the genealogy of the Nizet family (Verviers, Belgium). It presents a large number of hand-painted heraldries in traditional heraldic colours; the gold- and silver-like colours have undergone alteration and induced the degradation of the paper. The first inspection of the book with a binocular lens and UV-visible spectroscopy has led to the selection of representative points to be studied by PIXE analysis for the different groups of pigments. The PIXE measurements have been conducted with the cyclotron of the Institute of Nuclear and Atomic Physics and of Spectrometry of the University of Liege. Some pigments have been clearly identified, such as vermillion, umber or brass, while the presence of some others needs to be confirmed, for example azurite or lapis-lazuli. In the case of the green pigments and the organic ones (red, pink and black colours), the PIXE results must be completed by a molecular analysis. In order to exactly identify all the pigments, Raman analyses will be done to complete the pigment identification of the Nizet Manuscript. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasurements of non-Rutherford cross sections for 4-15 MeV alpha particles on light elements from C to Si
Chene, Grégoire ULg; Mathis, François ULg; Fleury-Frenette, Karl ULg et al

Conference (2013, September)

These last years Ion Beam Analysis users show an interest in High Energy Alpha beams[1]. These beams can be used for on-site analysis by means of radioactive sources e.g. for space application but they ... [more ▼]

These last years Ion Beam Analysis users show an interest in High Energy Alpha beams[1]. These beams can be used for on-site analysis by means of radioactive sources e.g. for space application but they also offer a powerful combination of properties for the analysis of thick layers (about 10 to 20 µm). This kind of layers is often met in cultural heritage applications but can be also present on new materials. Contrary to this kind of materials where the principal information needed is the in-depth profiles as the sample are of known composition, for cultural heritage materials the combination of elemental analysis and their in-depth distribution is essential as the nature of the material is a-priori not known. In this perspective high energy alpha beams can produce really interesting results as their PIXE cross-sections increase from 6 MeV while the lower penetration of the beam (comparing to classical protons beams) allows to limit the analysis to the layer of interest. For the elemental in depth distribution we take advantage of the good mass separation of the alpha particles and the non-Rutherford phenomena allow the analysis even of light elements which are of great interest in cultural heritage problematic as far as the cross section are well tabulated. Using two IBA facilities (AGLAE in Paris and the HE-HR beam line of the cyclotron in Liège University[2]) we explored the backscattering cross section of numerous light elements (from C to Si) from 4 to 15 MeV in order to check the lack in the literature, to verify the deviation from Rutherford law and compare it to the existing theoretical models. We begin to measure the needed cross sections using thick target in case of smooth cross section and thin layers for exploring important variation of the cross section. [less ▲]

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See detailTiO2 templated films used as photoelectrode for solid-state DSSC applications: study of the pore filling by Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy
Dewalque, Jennifer ULg; Colson, Pierre ULg; Thalluri, Venkata Visveswara Gopala Kris ULg et al

Poster (2013, September)

Liquid-state dye-sensitized solar cells can suffer from electrolyte evaporation and leakage. Therefore solid-state hole transporting materials are investigated as alternative electrolyte materials ... [more ▼]

Liquid-state dye-sensitized solar cells can suffer from electrolyte evaporation and leakage. Therefore solid-state hole transporting materials are investigated as alternative electrolyte materials. However, in solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells, optimal TiO2 films thickness is limited to a few microns allowing the adsorption of only a low quantity of photoactive dye and thus leading to poor light harvesting and low conversion efficiency. In order to overcome this limitation, high surface area templated films are investigated as alternative to nanocrystalline films prepared by doctor-blade or screen-printing. Moreover, templating is expected to improve the pore accessibility what would promote the solid electrolyte penetration inside the porous network, making possible efficient charge transfers. In this study, films prepared from different structuring agents are discussed in terms of microstructural properties (porosity, crystallinity) as well as effect on the dye loading and Spiro-OMeTAD (2,2',7,7'-tetrakis-(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)9,9'-spirobifluorene) solid electrolyte filling. Different techniques such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atmospheric poroellipsometry (AEP) and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-vis.) have been used to describe the microstructural features of the films. Besides, we have implemented Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) as an innovative non-destructive tool to characterize the hole transporting materials infiltration. Templated films show dye loading more than two times higher than nanocrystalline films prepared by doctor-blade or screen-printing and solid electrolyte infiltration up to 88%. [less ▲]

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See detailTiO2 templated films used as photoelectrode for solid-state DSSC applications: study of the pore filling by Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy
Dewalque, Jennifer ULg; Colson, Pierre ULg; Thalluri, Venkata Visveswara Gopala Kris ULg et al

Poster (2013, July)

Mesoporous anatase thin films are very promising materials to act as electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells. Randomly oriented nanocrystalline TiO2 particles are usually used to prepare photoelectrodes ... [more ▼]

Mesoporous anatase thin films are very promising materials to act as electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells. Randomly oriented nanocrystalline TiO2 particles are usually used to prepare photoelectrodes with a thickness of 10-15 µm. However, in solid-state DSSCs, TiO2 films thickness is limited to few µm allowing the adsorption of only a low quantity of photoactive dye and thus leading to a poor light harvesting and low conversion efficiencies. In order to overcome this limitation, templated-assisted dip-coating techniques are used to obtain thin films with high surface area. Moreover, templating is expected to improve the pore accessibility what would promote the solid electrolyte penetration inside the porous network, making possible efficient charge transfers. In this study, films prepared from different structuring agents are discussed in terms of microstructure properties (porosity, crystallinity) and impact on the dye loading and solid electrolyte filling. As-obtained templated films have been compared to nanocrystalline films prepared by doctor blade or screen printing as reference. Different techniques such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atmospheric poroellipsometry (AEP) and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-vis.) have been used to describe the microstructural features of the films. Solid electrolyte infiltration has been extensively investigated by Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy (RBS). Finally, templated films were evaluated as photoelectrode in solid-state DSSCs and compared to nanoparticles layers. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of activation yield curves for fusion escaping particle diagnostics
Strivay, David ULg; Bonheure, George; Delvigne, Thierry et al

Conference (2013, June)

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See detailDetermination of activation yields for fusion plasma escaping charged particles diagnostics
Chene, Grégoire ULg; Bonheure, George; Delvigne, Thierry et al

Conference (2013, June)

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See detailX-ray production cross-sections measurements for high-energy alpha particle beam for Si, Fe and Cu
Dupuis, Thomas; Chene, Grégoire ULg; Marchal, André ULg et al

Conference (2013, March)

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See detailPIXE-PIGE analysis of early medieval window glass from the abbey of Stavelot
Van Wersch, Line ULg; Mathis, François ULg; Biron, Isabelle et al

Poster (2013)

From the 1 st century, glass found in northern Europe was made from a mix of sand and natron that had to be imported from eastern Mediterranean [1]. After the fall of the Roman Empire, glassmakers could ... [more ▼]

From the 1 st century, glass found in northern Europe was made from a mix of sand and natron that had to be imported from eastern Mediterranean [1]. After the fall of the Roman Empire, glassmakers could either recycle existing glass or continue to import material. Then, around the end of the 8 th century, the first testimonies of potash glass, made with sand and trees ashes, are attested [1]. This type of glass would then prevail but the reasons and mechanisms of its appearance remain beyond understanding. They could be linked to the development of architecture and the growing needs of window glass. Founded in the middle of the VII th century, the abbey of Stavelot was a first time ruined by Vikings in 881. In the destruction levels, hundreds fragments of window glass were found [2]. 34 fragments were analysed in PIXE-PIGE at the cyclotron of the Institute of Nuclear and Atomic Physics and of Spectrometry of the University of Liège. The results show coexistence of both natron and potash glass on the site, even in the same archaeological contexts. For the coloration, the recipes to obtain turquoise or amber glass were comparable to those known on other early medieval sites [3], but to make green potash glass the artisans have used to two types of recipes. This shows the need to carry on researches and analysis on early medieval window glass in order to understand its production techniques that are also at the origin of famous gothic stained glass [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigation of advanced materials for fusion alpha particle diagnostics
Bonheure, G.; Van Wassenhove, G.; Hult, M. et al

in Fusion Engineering & Design (2013)

Fusion alpha particle diagnostics for ITER remain a challenging task. Standard escaping alpha particle detectors in present tokamaks are not applicable to ITER and techniques suitable for fusion reactor ... [more ▼]

Fusion alpha particle diagnostics for ITER remain a challenging task. Standard escaping alpha particle detectors in present tokamaks are not applicable to ITER and techniques suitable for fusion reactor conditions need further research and development [1,2]. The activation technique is widely used for the characterization of high fluence rates inside neutron reactors. Tokamak applications of the neutron activation technique are already well developed [3] whereas measuring escaping ions using this technique is a novel fusion plasma diagnostic development. Despite low alpha particle fluence levels in present tokamaks, promising results using activation technique combined with ultra-low level gamma-ray spectrometry [4] were achieved before in JET [5,6]. In this research work, we use new advanced detector materials. The material properties beneficial for alpha induced activation are (i) moderate neutron cross-sections (ii) ultra-high purity which reduces neutron-induced background activation and (iii) isotopic tailoring which increases the activation yield of the measured activation product. Two samples were obtained from GERDA[7], an experiment aimed at measuring the neutrinoless double beta decay in 76Ge. These samples, made of highly pure (9 N) germanium highly enriched to 87% in isotope Ge-76, were irradiated in real D-D fusion plasma conditions inside the TEXTOR tokamak. Comparison of the calculated and the experimentally measured activity shows good agreement. Compared to previously investigated high temperature ceramic material [8], this candidate detector offers better prospects for signal to background S/B ratio, energy resolution and particle selectivity due to a unique alpha particle signature. Applicability to ITER is discussed. Finally, research needs for further development of this diagnostic technique are outlined. © 2013. [less ▲]

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