Bruker Nano Analytics presents: ART AND CONSERVATION WEBINAR SERIES 2022

Handheld and Portable XRF in Cultural Heritage - Part I

On-Demand Session - 53 Minutes

Back to Basics: Taking Control of your Path to Meaningful Information

Handheld XRF instruments have become a staple in the toolkit used by cultural heritage professionals and researchers the world over. Non-invasive major, minor and trace elemental analysis in an ultra-portable package allows much to be learned about a wide range of culturally important objects, without the need for sub-sampling, or worse, sample destruction.

In the first of our series on using handheld XRF in cultural heritage studies, this webinar will provide an introduction (or refresher!) to the fundamental concepts of XRF and how appropriate handling of your handheld instrument is key to robust and accurate results. The webinar will cover how the instrument generates a beam and measures resulting characteristic X-rays, and how modifying different parameters in this process allows the user to maximize successful compositional characterization. 

Bruker's TRACER 5g handheld-XRF spectrometer in use collecting elemental data on a site of archaeological importance
Here the TRACER is being used for analyses in the workshop of a culturally significant artist

Who Should Attend?

  • Researchers, professionals and students in cultural heritage conducting XRF analysis
  • Archeologists or art scientists working in-situ in Cultural Heritage sites
  • Those interested in broadening their understanding of Portable XRF analysis of artifacts in general


Dr. Maggi Loubser

Programme Manager for Tangible Heritage Conservation,

University of Pretoria, South Africa

Dr. Nigel Kelly

Senior Market Application Scientist, Bruker Nano Analytics