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See detailPIXE identification of the provenance of ferruginous rocks used by Neanderthals
Mathis, François ULg; Bodu, Pierre; Dubreuil, Olivier ULg et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2014), 331

Les Bossats, near Ormesson, France, is a newly discovered late Mousterian open air site dated to around 47,000 years ago by thermoluminescence. The archaeological level, fossilized by loess, revealed a ... [more ▼]

Les Bossats, near Ormesson, France, is a newly discovered late Mousterian open air site dated to around 47,000 years ago by thermoluminescence. The archaeological level, fossilized by loess, revealed a rich industry based on the discoid mode, associated with numerous fragments of red and yellow iron oxide-rich rocks showing clear traces of powder production (abrasion, striation, scraping), which are exceptional remains for this remote period. Archeological material and geological samples from the close environment were studied by PIXE and by petrographical observations made on thin sections. The geological sources were identified by means of PIXE analyses on two IBA facilities: AGLAE (2 MV tandem) at the C2RMF in Paris and the cyclotron of the IPNAS (University of Liège). We paid particular attention to the comparison of results obtained on both installations by using the same set of geological standards and by a fine evaluation of the limit of detection relative to each trace elements of interest for both experimental set ups. The elemental fingerprint of one geological source of iron-rich concretions corresponds clearly with the archaeological collection. At least, this investigation demonstrates that the colouring materials were minutely selected in the close neighbouring of the site by the Neanderthals. [less ▲]

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See detailRutherford backscattering analysis of porous thin TiO2 films
Mayer, Matej; von Toussaint, Udo; Dewalque, Jennifer ULg et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2012), 273

The additional energy spread due to sample porosity was implemented in the SIMNRA simulation code, version 6.60 and higher. Deviations of the path length and energy loss distributions from the ones ... [more ▼]

The additional energy spread due to sample porosity was implemented in the SIMNRA simulation code, version 6.60 and higher. Deviations of the path length and energy loss distributions from the ones expected from a Poisson distribution of the number of traversed pores are taken into account. These deviations are due to the interaction of pores at higher pore concentrations by overlap or blocking. The skewnesses of the energy distributions are approximated by two-piece normal distributions with identical first three moments. Propagation of porosity-induced energy spread in thick layers is taken into account. Calculated results are compared to experimental data obtained with thin TiO2 mesoporous films measured by Rutherford backscattering (RBS),transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and atmospheric poroellipsometry. [less ▲]

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See detailNew external beam and particle detection set-up of Liège cyclotron – First applications of high energy beams to cultural heritage
Chene, Grégoire ULg; Bols, Stéphanie; Dupuis, Thomas ULg et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2012), 273

Improvements on the Liége cyclotron have yielded an energy resolution comparable to that of classic electrostatic accelerators. The latest upgrades of the High-Energy High-Resolution beam line (HE-HR) are ... [more ▼]

Improvements on the Liége cyclotron have yielded an energy resolution comparable to that of classic electrostatic accelerators. The latest upgrades of the High-Energy High-Resolution beam line (HE-HR) are presented which consist of the addition of both a new extraction nozzle for non-invasive in-air measurements and a new particle-detection setup developed to take full advantage of the increased probed thickness with depth sensitive analytical methods. The suitability of the new setup and the advantages provided by the larger flexibility in choosing both the proper particle with an extended energy available will be illustrated by discussing latest results of studies recently led on Roman gilding techniques on cultural heritage artifacts by means of “High-Energy” alpha backscattering spectrometry combined with PIXE. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-destructive provenance differentiation of prehistoric pigments by external PIXE
Beck, Lucile; Salomon, Hélène ULg; Lahlil, Sophia et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2012), 273

The elemental analysis of minerals/rocks has been often used for the determination of their geological origin. When these natural rocks were exploited by prehistoric civilizations as objects, weapons, or ... [more ▼]

The elemental analysis of minerals/rocks has been often used for the determination of their geological origin. When these natural rocks were exploited by prehistoric civilizations as objects, weapons, or pigments, the composition of the minerals can provide information on the mobility, the exchanges and the interaction between groups of population. In this paper, we will present results obtained from archaeological samples of prehistoric pigments, mainly iron and manganese oxides. PIXE analysis has been applied to samples of the prehistoric cave “La grotte du Renne” in previous termArcynext term-previous termsurnext term-previous termCurenext term, France (Chatelperronian, 38,000–34,000 BP). Because most of the archaeological objects are decorated or display some use marks, it is not possible to take samples. Consequently, we have used a non-destructive technique thanks to the external beam of AGLAE (C2RMF, Paris). In order to improve the limits of detection (LOD less than 10 ppm from Cu to Sb), a metal absorber has been placed on the X-ray detector to preferentially filter the Fe–K or Mn–K lines. Based on the quantitative analysis of major and trace elements, we have obtained groups of compositions corresponding to different geological sources. We demonstrate in this study that it is possible to extend PIXE analysis to the characterization of prehistoric pigments such as iron and manganese oxides for differentiating potential sources of pigments in archaeological contexts. [less ▲]

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See detailX-ray production cross-sections measurements for high-energy alpha particle beams: New dedicated set-up and first results with aluminum
Dupuis, Thomas ULg; Chene, Grégoire ULg; Mathis, François ULg et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2011), 269(24), 29792983

The “IPNAS” laboratory, in collaboration with the “Centre Européen d’Archéométrie” is partly focused on material analysis by means of IBA techniques: PIXE, PIGE and RBS. A new transport beam line has been ... [more ▼]

The “IPNAS” laboratory, in collaboration with the “Centre Européen d’Archéométrie” is partly focused on material analysis by means of IBA techniques: PIXE, PIGE and RBS. A new transport beam line has been developed at our CGR-520 MeV cyclotron to analyze Cultural Heritage objects using these techniques. This facility allows us to produce proton and alpha particle beams with energies up to 20 MeV. A vacuum chamber dedicated to X-ray production and Non-Rutherford cross-section measurements has been recently constructed. After determination of the chamber’s geometry for X-ray detection using thin foils of several elements (11 ⩽ Z ⩽ 82) and 3 MeV proton beams, the measurement of the X-ray production cross-sections in the 6–12 MeV energy range has started using alpha particle beams on light element targets. These experiments contribute to the filling a serious lack of experimental values for alpha particles of this particular energy range in databases. The recent decision to focus our work on the alpha particle interaction with light elements was taken because of the high interest of the low Z elements in the field of archaeometry. [less ▲]

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See detailIntercomparison of radiocarbon bomb pulse and 210Pb age models. A study in a peat bog core from North Poland
Piotrowska, Natalia; De Vleeschouwer, François; Sikorski, Jaroslaw et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2010), Volume 268(7-8, April), 1163-1166

Radiocarbon and 210Pb were measured on the uppermost 40 cm of a Wardenaar peat core retrieved from a Baltic raised bog at Slowinskie Blota (Pomerania, North Poland). This site is the subject of ongoing ... [more ▼]

Radiocarbon and 210Pb were measured on the uppermost 40 cm of a Wardenaar peat core retrieved from a Baltic raised bog at Slowinskie Blota (Pomerania, North Poland). This site is the subject of ongoing multiproxy studies covering the last 1300 years. Radiocarbon age model was constructed on the basis of 14 AMS dates obtained on selected Sphagnum spp. fragments, with use of P_Sequence tool. We present here a comparison of this model with the age model obtained using CRS model classically applied to 210Pb measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailImproved modelling of helium and tritium production for spallation targets
Leray, S.; Boudard, A.; Cugnon, Joseph ULg et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2010), 268(6), 581-586

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See detailCombined PIXE/PIGE and IBIL with external beam applied to the analysis of Merovingian glass beads
Mathis, François ULg; Othmane, G.; Vrielynck, Olivier et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2010), 268(11-12), 2078-2082

New improvements on our archaeometry line at the cyclotron of the Institute of Nuclear and Atomic Physics and of Spectrometry of the University of Liege have allowed the use of PIXE/PIGE and IBIL in-air ... [more ▼]

New improvements on our archaeometry line at the cyclotron of the Institute of Nuclear and Atomic Physics and of Spectrometry of the University of Liege have allowed the use of PIXE/PIGE and IBIL in-air for the analysis of cultural heritage objects. The extraction is performed through a 100 nm thick Si3N4 window. The detection set-up consists now of two X-ray and one gamma-ray detectors, together with a fiber optic UV-visible spectrometer. This set-up has already been tested for the analysis of modern corundum [1] and is now adapted to the analysis of archaeological artefacts. In this work, we have used it to analyse 216 out of the 5000 Merovingian glass beads that come from the necropolis of Bossut-Gottechain (Belgium), one of the most important ever found in Belgium. The IBA analyses confirmed the typological division of different beads groups through chemical composition that gives us new insights on fabrication techniques of glass matrices and colorants. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards calibration and characterization of high-energy beams using charged particle retrodiffusion on a double thin carbon foil system
Chene, Grégoire ULg; Mathis, François ULg; Dupuis, Thomas ULg et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2010), 268(11-12), 2015-2018

The cyclotron of the IPNAS-CEA laboratory of the University of Liege (Belgium) has built a new high-energy, high-resolution beam line based on the use of a pair of 900 bending magnets showing a energy ... [more ▼]

The cyclotron of the IPNAS-CEA laboratory of the University of Liege (Belgium) has built a new high-energy, high-resolution beam line based on the use of a pair of 900 bending magnets showing a energy resolution of Delta E = 1.9 +/- 0.4 keV comparable to that of electrostatic IBA installations. In the 6-20 MeV energy range the contribution of non-Rutherford events to scattering spectra became important and are not very well known. In order to improve our knowledge in that field, a new vacuum chamber especially dedicated to differential cross-section measurements has been constructed. First results obtained with the new set-up are presented. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPreliminary experiments: High-energy alpha PIXE in archaeometry
Dupuis, Thomas ULg; Chene, Grégoire ULg; Mathis, François ULg et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2010), 268(11-12), 1911-1915

This paper describes the work realized at the "Centre Europeen d'Archeometrie" to highlight the utility of high-energy alpha PIXE in the particular field of archaeometry and to introduce the developments ... [more ▼]

This paper describes the work realized at the "Centre Europeen d'Archeometrie" to highlight the utility of high-energy alpha PIXE in the particular field of archaeometry and to introduce the developments done and to be clone to complete the knowledge of high-energy alpha PIXE. It starts with the comparison of the yield and the noise background between several alpha particle beams and the comparison between alpha particle and proton beams on different thick and thin references. After, this paper depicts the developments done at the "Institut de Physique Nucleaire, Atomique et Spectroscopie" to perform such high-energy experiments, first on standards and later on cultural heritage objects. Moreover, it introduces the problematics of such beams for the quantification in PIXE by the intermediary of the knowledge of the ionization and X-ray production cross-sections and also the developments done to answer to this serious lack in the databases. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailImproved energy resolution of a cyclotron beam for RBS measurements
Chene, Grégoire ULg; Garnir, Henri-Pierre ULg; Marchal, André ULg et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2008), 266(10), 2110-2112

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See detailMicro-crystalline inclusions analysis by PIXE and RBS
Strivay, David ULg; Ramboz, Clairette; Gallien, Jean-Paul et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2008), 266(10), 2375-2378

A characteristic feature of the nuclear microprobe using a 3 MeV proton beam is the long range of particles (around 70 mu m in light matrices). The PIXE method, with EDS analysis and using the multilayer ... [more ▼]

A characteristic feature of the nuclear microprobe using a 3 MeV proton beam is the long range of particles (around 70 mu m in light matrices). The PIXE method, with EDS analysis and using the multilayer approach for treating the X-ray spectrum allows the chemistry of an intra-crystalline inclusion to be measured, provided the inclusion roof and thickness at the impact point of the beam (Z and e, respectively) are known (the depth of the inclusion floor is Z + e). The parameter Z of an inclusion in a mineral can be measured with a precision of around 1 mu m using a motorized microscope. However, this value may significantly depart from Z if the analyzed inclusion has a complex shape. The parameter e can hardly be measured optically. By using combined RBS and PIXE measurements, it is possible to obtain the geometrical information needed for quantitative elemental analysis. This paper will present measurements on synthetic samples to investigate the advantages of the technique, and also on natural solid and fluid inclusions in quartz. The influence of the geometrical parameters will be discussed with regard to the concentration determination by PIXE. In particular, accuracy of monazite micro-inclusion dating by coupled PIXE-RBS will be presented. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the provenance of Belgian Merovingian garnets by PIXE at IPNAS cyclotron
Mathis, François ULg; Vrielynck, Olivier; Laclavetine, Kilian et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2008), 266(10), 2348-2352

Recent archaeological excavation in Belgium reveals one of the biggest Merovingian necropolis ever found in this country. This necropolis contains 436 tombs with a period of occupation of almost two ... [more ▼]

Recent archaeological excavation in Belgium reveals one of the biggest Merovingian necropolis ever found in this country. This necropolis contains 436 tombs with a period of occupation of almost two centuries. Some of these tombs were very rich, especially two of them, and delivered an important funerary furniture. About 60 jewels inlaid with red garnets have been found, most of them of "cloisonne" style (namely about 450 garnets). The new extracted beam set-up of the IPNAS cyclotron (University of Liege, Belgium) has been improved in order to analyse by PIXE these garnets and try to determine their provenance. These analyses reveal that the garnets found in the necropolis of Grez-Doiceau are very homogeneous in composition (almandine garnets) and are coming almost from a unique source. These results have been compared to previous studies led in France during these past five years. This permits to identify the source of almandine garnet situated in India and to highlight differences in garnet supply between France and Belgium in Merovingian times. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPresent and future role of ion beam analysis in the study of cultural heritage materials: The example of th AGLAE facility
Salomon, Joseph; Dran, Jean-Claude; Guillou, T. et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2008), 266

The application of IBA to cultural heritage mostly relies on the use of PIXE because of its high sensitivity and its ease of implementation at atmospheric pressure. The need for depth information not ... [more ▼]

The application of IBA to cultural heritage mostly relies on the use of PIXE because of its high sensitivity and its ease of implementation at atmospheric pressure. The need for depth information not easily available with this technique has conducted to associate RBS also in external beam mode. We have progressively developed a set-up that permits such a combination of techniques either simultaneously or sequentially. The set-up is currently further improved to permit NRA measurement (depth profiles of light elements) in addition to PIXE and RBS. The coupling of all these techniques provides a wealth of information on cultural heritage objects, not easily attainable with any other single method. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterisation of an enamelled metallic object found in Guerrero Negro (Baja California) by PIXE and RBS techniques
Calvo Del Castillo, Helena ULg; Ruvalcaba Sil, Jose Luis; Salinas Nolasco, Flavio M et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2008), 266

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See detailExploring Advantages of 4He-PIXE for layered Objects in Cultural Heritage
Röhrs, Stefan; Calligaro, Thomas; Mathis, François ULg et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2006), 249

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See detailRelationship between IOL emission and bond-distance (M-O) in carbonates
Calvo Del Castillo, Helena ULg

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2006), 249

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See detailPhase separation during silica gel formation followed by time-resolved SAXS
Gommes, Cédric; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Goderis, Bart et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2005), 238(1-4), 141-145

Time-resolved small angle X-ray scattering data are collected during the formation of silica gels from the base catalyzed polymerization of tetraethoxysilane in ethanol with 3-(2-aminoethylamino ... [more ▼]

Time-resolved small angle X-ray scattering data are collected during the formation of silica gels from the base catalyzed polymerization of tetraethoxysilane in ethanol with 3-(2-aminoethylamino)propyltrimethoxysilane and 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane as additives. It is shown that a polymerization-induced spinodal demixing occurs during the gel formation. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailGamma-ray attenuation for measuring cryogenic slush mixture density
Carapelle, Alain ULg; Collette, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2005), 229(1), 111-116

Gamma-ray attenuation is used to measure cryogenic mixture density. Parameters are optimized for specific space application. A simple error formula is established. The feasibility of the measurement is ... [more ▼]

Gamma-ray attenuation is used to measure cryogenic mixture density. Parameters are optimized for specific space application. A simple error formula is established. The feasibility of the measurement is demonstrated. An automatic measurement device is built. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailCoupled PIXE and RBS using a 6MeV 4He2+ external beam: a new experimental device for particle detection and dose monitoring.
Mathis, François ULg; Moignard, Brice; Pichon, Laurent et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2005), 240

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