Discovering the Past Through Instrumentation
of the Future

Who are we?, Where have we been? and Where are we going? are important questions that researchers in the field of cultural heritage ask. The answers are found in studying what has been left by our ancestors. Traditionally, this included locating artifacts, studying works of art and observing the evolution of society. Of utmost importance in this work is the idea of preservation, ensuring that the objects are left pristine for future generations to study and appreciate. This has left a wealth of untapped information in our archives.


Past analytical methods required destruction of the specimen. Removing a sample and grinding was the traditional preparation for X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Fluorescence (XRF) and physical cross-sectioning was required for understanding an object’s internal structure. This led to the techniques being pushed to the side or only applied to objects in plentiful supply. Information about the elemental, crystallographic phase and morphological constitution has been kept hidden in the spirit of conservation.


Modern techniques have brought a renaissance for these methods. Instruments now include large stages capable of cradling rare objects and micro-focused beams capable of measuring small areas of interest. These changes not only circumvent the requirement for grinding, but also allow mapping of the object's surface. To overcome the need to physically cross-section a sample, medical Computed Tomography (CT) is often employed. Recently, specialized high-resolution CT instruments have been created featuring micron-scale resolution and specialized software. This imaging solution is known as an X-Ray Microscope (XRM). XRM gives researchers an internal 3D view of an object.


Together, XRD, µXRF and XRM give important clues into how an object was created and how to best preserve it for future generations. For more information on XRD, µXRF and XRM visit our Art, Conservation & Archaeology webpage and watch your inbox for an invitation to an upcoming digital event discussing the use of analytical techniques in the field of cultural heritage.

How Does XRF Work?

Is X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry a closed book for you? Would you like to understand how it works and what it is used for? Broadly speaking, XRF instruments enable elemental analysis of a huge variety of materials, including metals, geological rocks and minerals, ceramics, petrochemicals, polymers, food, and much more. On our new webpage, How does XRF work?, we explain the basics of XRF and provide an overview of different XRF techniques and their capabilities. Curious? Check it out now


Distributor in the Spotlight

Dynamic Technology Systems (DTS) is a premium partner of Bruker AXS in India, driven and lead by CEO Mr. Suyash Nadkarni. Mr. Nadkarni has managed analytical instrument business in India since 1997. Having been a part of the Bruker AXS team in India since 2011, Mr. Nadkarni established his own company in 2015 and began as a distributor for OES and CS/ONH analyzers. DTS is engaged in marketing, sales and service of advanced technology instruments and equipment involved in material inspection, testing, research, and analysis. The reason for DTS's success is a knowledgeable, results-oriented sales team with many years of experience, and a dedicated technical service team which is continuously striving to exceed customer expectations. Bruker AXS and DTS have a strong relationship and together have driven business growth steadily in the past years. DTS and Bruker AXS invite you to join the 70th Indian Foundry Congress and IFEX in India on April 17-19, 2022. At this largest foundry event of India, DTS and Bruker AXS will showcase the new Q4 POLO and G4 ICARUS for metals analysis.


D8 DISCOVER – The Art of X-ray Diffraction

Users of the D8 DISCOVER work at the forefront of science, the "bleeding edge" where idea is transformed into reality. D8 DISCOVER solutions come in two flavors: Universal and Tailored. Universal solutions are designed for the dynamic multi-user lab. In this setting, ease-of-use and adaptability are of paramount importance. Components like the TRIO triple beam path primary optic and EIGER2 family of detectors support experiments ranging from classic powder diffraction to epitaxial thin film analysis. Tailored solutions are customized to the task at hand. Whether the need is for large sample handling of a Universal Motion Concept (UMC) stage, a fine point beam created with a MONTEL optic positioned with the surgical precision of a laser video system, or all-out power of the TXS-HE high-efficiency rotating anode source, the D8 DISCOVER can be configured to exceed expectations.



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