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See detailIs the external beam PIXE method suitable for determining ancient silver artifact fineness?
Weber, Georges ULg; Guillaume, J.; Strivay, David ULg et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research Section B (2000), 161

In archeometry, the non-destructive characteristic of an analytical method is always very attractive. For most of techniques, besides the need of sampling, difficulties can originate from the shape and ... [more ▼]

In archeometry, the non-destructive characteristic of an analytical method is always very attractive. For most of techniques, besides the need of sampling, difficulties can originate from the shape and the size of the silver artifacts to be analyzed. The external PIXE method should be an answer to this problem but several questions are arising from the implementation of the technique to such a material. The aim of this paper is to specify the experimental procedure as to take into account several parameters, which could induce dramatic errors. Among them it can be pointed out the superficial enrichment in silver, arising from the dissolution of copper and copper oxide, the surface roughness effects, the great importance of the stability of the geometric conditions. The accuracy and the precision of the method are considered within the scope of the results obtained in ancient times by the cupellation with ashbone cupels. In addition. the process involved to obtain silver alloys has been studied in order to define its influence on the real fineness of the objects. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantification by PIXE of metallic sites in proteins separated by electrophoresis
Strivay, David ULg; Schoefs, B.; Weber, Georges ULg

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research Section B (1998), 137

Electrophoresis on polyacrylamide gel (PAGE) is widely used in life sciences to determine the molecular weight of proteins in solution by separating them into different bands. By coupling electrophoresis ... [more ▼]

Electrophoresis on polyacrylamide gel (PAGE) is widely used in life sciences to determine the molecular weight of proteins in solution by separating them into different bands. By coupling electrophoresis and Particle Induced W-ray Emission (PIXE), the nature and the quantity of metals contained in proteins can be investigated. After the electrophoresis, the gel is dried and each track is scanned with a 2.5 MeV proton beam which induces X-ray emission. Analysis of these spectra allows the determination of the metals contained in an electrophoretic band. The metal content in each band is obtained by comparing the characteristic X-ray peak area with those obtained with polyacrylamide gels doped with the same metal. Finally, the relative concentration of each protein is determined by densitometry in order to compute the protein/metal ratio. An example of metallic site determination is presented. This procedure seems to be a very useful multielementary method for the determination of the metal amounts inside proteins after their separation by electrophoresis. Furthermore it allows to check if metals remain bound to proteins. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of the alpha parameter method to calculate matrix corrections for infinitely thick targets (TTPIXE) with two different incident beam energies
Delbrouck Habaru, J.; Roelandts, I.; Strivay, David ULg et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research Section B (1997), 129(1), 92-100

The alpha parameter correction method for calculating matrix effects in PIXE data does not require a priori knowledge of the major element composition of the matrix but implies the determination of a so ... [more ▼]

The alpha parameter correction method for calculating matrix effects in PIXE data does not require a priori knowledge of the major element composition of the matrix but implies the determination of a so-called alpha parameter linking two independent phenomena: X-ray absorption and proton energy loss. The method extrapolated to the infinitely thick targets (TTPIXE) has been previously studied using two PIXE measurements in two different geometric configurations. The present Study deals with the possibility of using pairs of PIXE measurements at two different energies to obtain the alpha corresponding to thick samples (TTPIXE). The experimental conditions and error minimization problems are discussed. General tables allowing an easy use of the method are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailA computer controlled PIGE setup for the analysis of thin samples
Strivay, David ULg; Garnir, Henri-Pierre ULg; Weber, Georges

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research Section B (1996), 113(1-4), 407-410

A computer controlled PIGE setup has been improved by adding a beam energy disperser which whips out most of the structure of the proton excitation functions and allows better analysis of thin samples.

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