Johnson, Diane; Kearns, Stuart and Grady, Monica M.
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The successful application of focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM) to a range of geological and historical objects has shown that important three-dimensional information can be revealed, enabling the characterisation of the fine structure and chemical composition contained within the samples. Fossil feathers from theropod dinosaurs showed sub-micron scale details suggestive of cellular- to sub cellular-level preservation. Ancient coins revealed surface finishing processes such as gilding. Further applications of the FIB-SEM technique were explored, most specifically in the study of meteorite weathering processes occurring during curation in the restricted environment of a museum collection. Examination of the internal chemical distribution of rusting patches on and within iron-nickel alloy regions of meteorites help to define best storage conditions for samples containing significant metal areas. One of the advantages of the technique is that samples may be analysed intact and without any preparation. Charge neutralisation can also be employed for analysis of non-conductive samples, allowing stable milling of a sample without charge build.
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|Extra Information:||Published in association with the British Museum.
Proceedings of a conference hosted by the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research at the British Museum on the application of scanning electron microscopy and microanalysis (SEM-EDX) to the study of materials, manufacturing methods and deterioration processes of objects from ancient through to contemporary cultures.
|Keywords:||FIB; microstructure; in situ; archaeometry; conservation|
Science > Physical Sciences
|Interdisciplinary Research Centre:||Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)|
|Depositing User:||Diane Johnson|
|Date Deposited:||18 Dec 2012 15:59|
|Last Modified:||18 Dec 2012 16:53|
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