In 2003 the foundation collaborated with Laboratory for Material Analysis, Institute of Nuclear Physics, NCSR ‘Demokritos’ for the development of a μ-XRF spectrometer. The application can be transported to museum and/or the archaeological site for the non-destructive in-situ measurements and analysis of archaeological artifacts The analysis of the composition of ancients objects helps towards the evaluation of their chronological classification as well as their origin.
The foundation bought the μ-XRF spectrometer from Photoelectron Corporation and offered it on loan to the Institute of Nuclear Physics for further development and evaluation. The foundation also funded the Laboratory for Material Analysis for the whole time needed.
The scientists responsible for the research presented a paper at ‘The 17th International Conference on X-Ray Optics and Microanalysis’ organized in Chamonix Mont-Blanc from September 22nd to 26th 2003, entitled ‘A new portable μ-XRF equipment for archaeometrical studies’ and awarded the first price at the poster presentations.