Synchrotron Radiation in Art and Archaeology


The Metropolitan Museum of Art of NYC, the Conservation Center at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University, the Winterthur Museum, Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory are hosting the Fifth International Conference on Synchrotron Radiation in Art and Archaeology (SR2A2012) in New York City.


The central theme of the SR2A series of conferences is the innovative use of methods employing synchrotron radiation (and/or related types of radiation) for the (non-destructive) investigation of artistic and archaeological materials and artifacts.

Since the first edition of the conference (Grenoble, France, 2005), SR2A has become a forum for discussion and presentation of up-to-date activities regarding the use of penetrant forms of radiation for non-invasive inspection and analysis of precious materials from the past.

The emphasis of the fifth edition of SR2A will be placed on the manner in which synchrotron radiation and other types of penetrative radiation (THz, neutrons, ...) can be used together to characterize artists' materials and archaeological artefacts. Contributions will focus on the exploration of new analytical frontiers on the one side, and will also address research challenges of curators, conservators and other professionals working in the cultural heritage field.

The goal is to highlight the spectrum of synchrotron techniques which can be applied to the study of objects of cultural heritage, demonstrate representative cultural heritage synchrotron studies, and, possibly, boost interactions of cultural heritage scientists with the Synchrotron community in the United States and worldwide. The expected typical attendance will include conservators and conservation scientists from the Eastern Coast of the US and beyond, as well as scientists using synchrotron instruments such as CHESS and NSLS.