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See detailANALYSES OF EARLY MEDIEVAL STAINED WINDOW GLASS FROM THE MONASTERY OF BAUME-LES- MESSIEURS (JURA, FRANCE)
Van Wersch, Line ULg; Loisel, C.; Mathis, François ULg et al

in Archaeometry (in press)

The collection of early medieval window glass found in the abbey of Baume-les-Messieurs (Jura, France) is exceptional because it dates to the end of the eighth century, and due to the number of fragments ... [more ▼]

The collection of early medieval window glass found in the abbey of Baume-les-Messieurs (Jura, France) is exceptional because it dates to the end of the eighth century, and due to the number of fragments as well as their state of conservation. Different colours and forms have been identified. These pieces are a rare opportunity to address the glass craft, its recipes and techniques for a phase of its history that has remained little known. Analyses in PIXE–PIGE prove that, in addition to fragments from two soda glass items, the pieces are made from wood-ash glass. Most of them probably came from the same production and the raw material is present in the region. At this early stage of wood-ash glass production, the glassmakers had mastered the glass as well as the colour processes. [less ▲]

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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

Poster (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 detailCounting time measurement and statistics in gamma spectrometry: the balance
Guembou Shouop, Cébastien Joel ULg; Ndontchueng Moyo, Maurice; Chene, Grégoire ULg et al

Poster (2016, July 11)

Nuclear counting statistics at high count rate are assessed on a γ-ray spectrometer set-up. Our typical gamma spectrometry system consists of a High Purity Germanium (HPGe) detector, liquid nitrogen ... [more ▼]

Nuclear counting statistics at high count rate are assessed on a γ-ray spectrometer set-up. Our typical gamma spectrometry system consists of a High Purity Germanium (HPGe) detector, liquid nitrogen cooling system, preamplifier, detector bias supply, linear amplifier, analog-to-digital converter (ADC), multichannel storage of the spectrum, and data readout devices. Although the system is powerful enough for background measurements, it is important, nowadays, to have a great statistical in short time measurement: which is a challenge for scientists. The purpose of this study was to determine the average time for gamma spectrometry measurement. To detect Uranium, Thorium and their respective daughters and Potassium series with a relative related error less than 1%, it was found that it is necessary to count during a minimum of 24 Hours (86,400 s). This result is in accordance to the literature with planar geometry detector. These results conduct us to make the following three guidelines for selecting the detector best suited for an application: 1. The more detector material available (germanium semi-conductor), the higher the full-energy peak efficiency. 2. The smaller the distance between the detector and the source material, the higher the full- energy peak efficiency. 3. While better resolution gives a better MDA, the resolution contributes only as the square root to the MDA value, whereas the MDA is proportional to the full-energy peak efficiency. This idea came to us by comparing the spectra of measuring radioactivity lasts for 12 hours in the day that does not fully covered the night spectra for the same sample. The conclusion after several investigations became clearer: to remove all effects of radiation from outside (earth, sun and universe) our system, it is necessary to measure the background for 24, 48 or 72 hours. In the same way, the samples have to be measures for 24, 48 or 72 hours to be safe to be purified the measurement (equality of day and night measurement). It is also possible to not use the background of the winter in summer. Depend to the energy of radionuclide we seek, it is clear that the most important steps of a gamma spectrometry measurement are the preparation of the sample and the calibration of the detector. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiscale study of the Carolingian mosaic of Germigny-des-Prés (Loiret, Fr
Van Wersch, Line ULg; Kronz, L.; Simon, K. et al

Conference (2016, July 08)

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See detailInsight on Van Dongen’s La Violoiste by hyperspectral imaging and MA-XRF
Herens, Elodie ULg; Strivay, David ULg; Walter, Philippe et al

Conference (2016, July 06)

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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 detailDevelopment of a translation stage for in situ non-invasive analysis and high resolution imaging
Strivay, David ULg; Clar, Mathieu ULg; Rakkaa, Saïd ULg et al

Poster (2016, March)

Non-invasive imaging techniques and analytical instrumentation for cultural heritage object studies have undergone a tremendous development over the last years. Many new miniature and/or handheld systems ... [more ▼]

Non-invasive imaging techniques and analytical instrumentation for cultural heritage object studies have undergone a tremendous development over the last years. Many new miniature and/or handheld systems have been developed and optimized. Nonetheless, these instruments are usually used with a tripod or a manual position system. This is very time consuming when performing point analysis or 2D scanning of a surface. The Centre Européen d’Archéométrie (CEA) has build a translation system made of pluggable rails of 1 m long with a maximum length and height of 3 m. Three motors embedded in the system allow the platform to be moved along these axis, toward and backward from the sample. The rails hold a displacement system, providing a continuous movement. Any position can be reached with a reproducibility of 0.1 mm. The displacements are controlled by an Ethernet connection through a laptop computer running a multiplatform homemade software written in JAVA. This software allows a complete control over the positioning using a simple, unique, and concise interface. Automatic scanning can be performed over a large surface of 3 meters on 3 meters. The Ethernet wires provide also the power for the different motors and, if necessary the detection head. The platform has been originally designed for a XRF detection head (with its full power alimentation) but now can accommodate many different systems like IR reflectography, digital camera, hyperspectral camera, Raman probes, etc. The positioning system can be modified to combine the acquisition software of the imaging or analytical techniques and the positioning software. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a Reference Database for Particle-Induced Gamma-ray Emission spectroscopy
Dimitriou, P.; Becker, H.-W.; Bogdanović-Radović, I. et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2016), 371

Particle-Induced Gamma-ray Emission (PIGE) is a powerful analytical technique that exploits the interactions of rapid charged particles with nuclei located near a sample surface to determine the ... [more ▼]

Particle-Induced Gamma-ray Emission (PIGE) is a powerful analytical technique that exploits the interactions of rapid charged particles with nuclei located near a sample surface to determine the composition and structure of the surface regions of solids by measurement of characteristic prompt γ rays. The potential for depth profiling of this technique has long been recognized, however, the implementation has been limited owing to insufficient knowledge of the physical data and lack of suitable user-friendly computer codes for the applications. Although a considerable body of published data exists in the nuclear physics literature for nuclear reaction cross sections with γ rays in the exit channel, there is no up-to-date, comprehensive compilation specifically dedicated to IBA applications. A number of PIGE cross-section data had already been uploaded to the Ion Beam Analysis Nuclear Data Library (IBANDL) (http://www-nds.iaea.org/ibandl) by members of the IBA community by 2011, however a preliminary survey of this body of unevaluated experimental data has revealed numerous discrepancies beyond the uncertainty limits reported by the authors. Using the resources and coordination provided by the IAEA, a concerted effort to improve the situation was made within the Coordinated Research Project on the Development of a Reference Database for PIGE spectroscopy, from 2011 to 2015. The aim of the CRP was to create a data library for Ion Beam Analysis that contains reliable and usable data on charged particle γ-ray emission cross sections that would be made freely available to the user community. As the CRP has reached its completion, we shall present its main achievements, including the results of nuclear cross-section evaluations and the development of a computer code that will become available to the public allowing for the implementation of a standardless PIGE technique. © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the processing of red pigment by late mousterian Neanderthals in Ormesson, Seine-et-Marne, France, 47000 years ago
Salomon, Hélène ULg; Bodu, Pierre; Geurten, Stéphanie et al

E-print/Working paper (2016)

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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 detailEarly medieval glass tiles from Saint-Sauveur (Burgundy, France)
Van Wersch, Line ULg; Mathis, François ULg; Bonnin, Myrtho et al

Conference (2015, September 09)

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See detailMacro-XRF scanning in archaeological and museum sites: pros and cons
Strivay, David ULg

Conference (2015, July 09)

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See detailPrehistoric and Renaissance art, a comparative review of analytical techniques
Strivay, David ULg

Conference (2015, April 10)

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See detailUnraveling expressionism
truscott, tadd; Darbois-Texier, Baptiste ULg; lovett, benjamin et al

Conference (2015)

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