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Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A. (Elettra)
Cultural Heritage

 Contact details
Contact personDr. Franco Zanini
Research Scientist 
StreetS.S. 14, km 163.5 in AREA Science Park 
Address 34149 - Basovizza - Trieste (Italy) 
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 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)11-25 
Organisation TypeResearch Organisation 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» History of Arts
» Cultural Heritage
» Virtual Museums
» Anthropology
» Archaeology
» Library and museum studies

 Brief description of your activity focus
Synchrotron radiation use for the analysis of samples of historical and artistic importance

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste is a multidisciplinary international research center of excellence, specialized in
generating high quality synchrotron and free-electron laser light and applying it in materials and life sciences. Its
mission is to promote cultural, social and economic growth through: basic and applied research; technology and
know-how transfer; technical, scientific and management education; role of reference in the national and
international scientific networks. We develop excellence by providing state-of-the-art services for high-quality,
internationally recognized research, thus contributing to enhance the positive impact and relevance of science on
The use of synchrotron radiation for the analysis of samples of historical and artistic importance has been
increasing over the past years, and experiments related to the study of our cultural heritage (CH) have been
routinely performed at many beamlines of Elettra. The laboratory now offers a platform dedicated to CH
researchers in order to support both the proposal application phase and the different steps of the experiment, from
sample preparation to data analysis.
TwinMic, the European Soft X-ray Transmission and Emission Microscope, integrates the advantages of
complementary scanning and full-field imaging modes into a single instrument. TwinMic operates in the 400-2200
eV energy range.
X-Ray Fluorescence is a highly versatile beamline working in an energy range between 2 and 14 keV. The beamline
is optically designed to present beam parameters needed for high level measurements in spectroscopy as well as in
The flexible design of the MCX beamline allows a wide range of non-single crystal diffraction experiments relevant
for the cultural heritage, from phase identification to atomic structural studies.
SYRMEP, the X-ray microimaging and microtomography station, with an energy range of 8.3 - 35 keV, is a highly
flexible beamline allowing the analysis of samples in both absorption and phase contrast mode.
The XAFS beamline, working in the energy range between 2.4 and 27 keV, provides microscopic structural
information through the analysis of a sample X-ray absorption spectrum, with unique applications in the field of
cultural heritage.
UV resonant Raman spectroscopy performed at IUVS beamline has been demonstrated to be a non-destructive
powerful tool for obtaining a detailed compositional characterization of pigments present in artworks of historical-
artistic interest.
Infrared Microscopy techniques at SISSI beamline offer the possibility to obtain chemical information on both
organic and inorganic constituents of art pieces can be obtained at SISSI, exploiting several sampling
methodologies, suitable for probing thin sections and material surface properties as well.
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