Jul 3 – 7, 2011
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Europe/Zurich timezone

Mobile system for in-situ imaging of cultural objects

Jul 5, 2011, 3:23 PM
HG E7 (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)


ETH Zurich, Switzerland

www.ethz.ch www.psi.ch
Poster presentation Applications Poster Mini Talks VI


Mr Jan Zemlicka (IEAP CTU in Prague)


Non-invasive analysis techniques we have recently developed with the pixel detector Timepix have shown great potential for the inspection of the objects of cultural heritage. We have newly developed the instrumentation and methodology for in-situ X-ray transmission radiography and X-ray fluorescence imaging. With the methods successfully tested we are evaluating the mobile system for remote terrain tasks. The prototype of a portable imaging device has been designed. It comprises the radiation source tube and the spectral sensitive X-ray camera. Both components are 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 replaceable entrance window (beam filters and pinhole collimator). This flexible 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 includes an adaptation of the current system for real in-situ utilization and preparation of software allowing semi-automatic remote control of measurement.

Primary author

Mr Jan Zemlicka (IEAP CTU in Prague)


Dr David Hradil (ALMA laboratory in Prague) Mr Frantisek Krejci (IEAP CTU in Prague) Ms Hana Mislerova (ALMA laboratory in Prague) Dr Jan Jakubek (IEAP CTU in Prague) Ms Janka Hradilova (ALMA laboratory in Prague)

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