Institute for Nuclear Research
MTA Certificate of Research Excellence

Multidisciplinary approach in heritage science

Head of research group Dr. Zita Szikszai
Nature of topic Topic for young scientist

The imaging and analytical facilities available at the Heritage Science Laboratory of Atomki - 3D digital microscope, micro-XRF (X-ray fluorescence spectrometer), SEM (scanning electron microscope) and Raman microscope - are suitable not only for examining elements of archaeological findings and artefacts, but also for other types of samples from biological (samples of plant and animal origin, smears), geological (rocks, minerals and their abrasives) and industrial (metal alloys, components) sources. By measuring these samples, quality and composition of the material as well as bounds or their modifications within the sample can be determined. The aim of this research is to utilise the tools of the laboratory for composition analysis and to find new ways and expand to other topics.