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Published on-line at 11:50:09 AM on Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Workshop on precious metals analysis via laser

Final workshop for the ALMA project about outcomes and new perspective in application of laser on precious metals analysis.

ALMA (Laser Analysis of Precious Metals and Ambers) is a project funded by the Region of Tuscany within POR CReO 2007-2013 with the purpose to create a mobile tool based on LIBS (Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy), which allows the analysis of alloys and precious ambers in a real-time and non-destructively way. With appropriate modifications the LIBS instrumentation can operate also in high sensitivity mode, allowing the detection of trace of elements in concentrations of about one part per million. The non-destructive property of this technique allows to use it not only in industry but also for the analysis of objects of historical and artistic value.

Project outcomes and new perspectives will be discussed Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 at 10:30 am at the Palatine Chapel of the Museo degli Argenti in Palazzo Pitti in Florence. Project partners involved in this workshop are Marwan Technology srl, Forsense Technology Ltd, Galli and Morelli Srl, Cabro Spa, with the collaboration of ALS (Applied Laser Spectroscopy Laboratory), the Institute for Chemical-Physical Processes, the CNR section in Pisa and the Laboratory of Chemistry for the Protection of Cultural Heritage (SCIBEC), under the Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry of the University of Pisa.

Source: ALMA Project