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Art & Archaeometry applications using pXRF

Bruker's TRACER 5 portable XRF spectrometer has become the defacto choice for art and archaeometry applications, thanks to its capacity for completely non-destructive elemental identification. This lends itself to a wide variety of uses, such as investigating non-uniform samples, determining the provenance of a valued object, or obtaining elemental data for geochemical survey.

Restoration work can be achieved reliably and sensitively, by ensuring a close match of pigments and other materials. Safe repatriation of cultural artifacts is also made possible by the ability to detect trace toxic preservatives, in a way that is fully compliant with organizations such as NAGPRA.

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Handheld XRF can now be found in universities and archeological research institutions—as well as in the field—in every part of the world, providing researchers with information from soil composition at an excavation site to no-longer-visible pigment composition on ceramics. Bruker's TRACER 5 family of XRF analyzers has  a presence in over 500 universities worldwide. Bruker workshops prepare hundreds of scientists, archeologists, and conservators annually to properly collect, interpret, and use XRF data, you can count on being able to compare data sets with colleagues when using the TRACER.

Whatever the application, powerful desktop software provides a complete live spectral display to give you an instant insight into the specimen under observation. This can be customized to allow a basic test for the presence or absence of a particular element, or a complete analysis to provide concentration data.