ScienceDaily (Feb. 25, 2009) — A new facility opening later this year at the Diamond synchrotron is set to revolutionise world heritage science. A new research platform soon to be available at the leading UK science facility, Diamond Light Source, will help uncover ancient secrets that have been locked away for centuries. For the first time ever, cultural heritage scientists will be able to scan and image large relics and artifacts up to two tonnes in weight in incredible precision. They will no longer be restricted to examining small items.
Speaking at the AAAS Meeting in Chicago Dr Jen Hiller, Diamond’s resident archaeologist, announced that the UK synchrotron will open a powerful new experimental station this autumn. Called the Joint Engineering, Environmental and Processing (JEEP) beamline, it will carry out experiments in a variety of areas including the growing field of world heritage science.
Very neat. I thought it was just another 3D scanner but it’s really a powerful X-ray scanner allowing for inside views. Like a high-energy CT scanner that can image metal as well.