10 Jan/17
00:00 - 00:00

The Accelerator under the Louvre (The New Aglae)


Council Chamber, CERN


Abstract: For more than 20 years, the AGLAE facility is exclusively dedicated to the study of Cultural Heritage objects in the Louvre premises, at the crossroad of social science and hard science. Because Cultural Heritage artifacts are unique, sometimes sampling cannot be considered. Moreover, the conservation state may also prohibit to work under vacuum. For these reasons, an extracted beamline has been developed especially for ion beam analysis (IBA) on Cultural Heritage objects at the AGLAE facility [1].

Multidisciplinary, the New AGLAE project will provide an exceptional and multipurpose beam line with a performance in spatial resolution, beam stability and a capability of multi-particle detection much higher than for the previous facility. This talk will describe the milestones and the state of progress of the project, the new set-up and how this innovative New AGLAE project follows on from the development of the AGLAE facility in accordance with the specificities of the Cultural Heritage objects and their questioning.

Case studies of prestigious Cultural Heritage objects will be presented and commented, illustrating the talk.

[1] J.C. Dran, J. Salomon, Th. Calligaro, Ph. Walter, Ion beam analysis of art works: 14 years of use in the Louvre, NIMB, June 2004, 219-220, 7-15

Speaker: Claire Pacheco 1,2

1C2RMF, Palais du Louvre, 75001 Paris, France ² New AGLAE FR 3506 – CNRS/Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication


You are invited to join the speaker and organisers for coffee at 10:00.