Instrumental Analysis

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While some analytical equipment can be safely operated by conservators other equipment requires scientists, and particularly conservation scientists, to conduct the analytical testing. Conservators must be prepared to work with them and at a minimum understand what tests may be appropriate for an artifact and how to evaluate the results. Wikipedia provides valuable information on various analytical techniques. The purpose of these wiki pages is to provide a basic overview and focus on how various instrumental analytical techniques are used in the field of art conservation and conservation science.

This information is intended to be used by conservators and conservation scientists for educational purposes only. It is not designed to substitute for the consultation of someone trained in this technique. Please consult with an expert before using the equipment described below.

Instrumental Analytical Techniques

  • Microscopy
  • Radiography
  • X-Radiography (X-ray absorption)
  • IR Reflectography
  • Beta Radiography
  • Neutron Auto-Radiography
  • Imaging


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