Mobile system for in-situ imaging of cultural objects
|Mislerová Hana, MgA.
||Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, ALMA lab
Journal of Instrumentation 7 C01108, doi:10.1088/1748-0221/7/01/C01108
Non-invasive analytical techniques recently developed with the Timepix pixel detector have shown great potential for the inspection of objects of cultural heritage. We have developed new instrumentation and methodology for in-situ X-ray transmission radiography and X-ray fluorescence imaging and successfully tested and evaluated a mobile system for remote terrain tasks. The prototype portable imaging device comprises the radiation source tube and the spectral sensitive X-ray camera. Both components can be moreover mounted on independent motorized positioning systems allowing adaptation of irradiation geometry to the object shape. Both parts are placed onto a pair of universal portable holders (tripods). The detector is placed in a shielded box with exchangeable entrance window (beam filters and pinhole collimator). This adjustable setup allows performing in-situ measurements for both transmission and emission (XRF) radiography. The assembled system has been successfully tested in our laboratory with phantoms and real samples. The obtained and evaluated results are presented in this paper. Future work will include successive adaptation of the current system for real in-situ utilization and preparation of software allowing semi-automatic remote control of measurements.
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H. Mislerová, "Mobile system for in-situ imaging of cultural objects", Journal of Instrumentation 7 C01108, doi:10.1088/1748-0221/7/01/C01108 (2012)