Investigations of minor elements in early aluminium artefacts

Withlow, Harry J. (Departement of Physics and Louisiana Accelerator Center, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA ; School of Engineering – HE-Arc Ingénierie, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Wang, Liping (School of Engineering – HE-Arc Ingénierie, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Guibert, Edouard (School of Engineering – HE-Arc Ingénierie, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Degrigny, Christian (Haute Ecole Arc Conservation-Restauration, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and arts Western Switzerland)

Study of the minor and trace element contents in the composition of early aluminium is interesting from a cultural history perspective because it can provide information on the evolution of aluminium smelting practice. A range of aluminium artefacts from the Swiss National Museum and the Lausanne Historical Museum, Switzerland, have been characterised with regard to their minor and trace element composition. This was performed using external beam Particle Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) with 1 MeV protons and a portable X-ray fluorescence system. The concentration of Mn and Pb was significantly higher for artefacts produced by the amalgam process which confirms studies reported by others.


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Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Design et Arts visuels
Ingénierie et Architecture
School:
HE-Arc CR
HE-Arc Ingénierie
Institute:
Unité de recherche en Conservation-restauration de la Haute Ecole Arc - UR-ARC CR
Subject(s):
Conservation - Restauration
Ingénierie
Date:
2018-07
Published in:
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
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ISSN:
0168-583X
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