The Conference was organized by Budapest Neutron Centre in cooperation with the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Venue: Budapest, Hungarian Academy of Sciences;
1051 Budapest, Széchenyi István tér 9.
Local organizing committee:
László Szentmiklósi, Chair of the Conference
Zsolt Kasztovszky, Programme Committee Chair
NINMACH 2013, organized in Garching, Germany, was the first event of this conference series that addressed both neutron scientists and archaeologists and conservators.
In the recent years, modern scientific methods have led to a wealth of information in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Research concerning the composition of artefacts both on a molecular level and on the mechanical built of objects than cannot be dismantled without destroying them. X-ray methods from radiography to fluorescence have become widespread, but the potential of neutron methods has barely been tapped.
Neutrons easily penetrate thick layers of metals, even lead, while revealing organic materials like wood, leather or bones in sealed metal or stone containers. Two- and three-dimensional imaging provides visual information, while neutron activation analysis delivers information on the elemental composition, while neutron scattering reveals alloys and textures.
With modern detectors, Neutron Imaging can even be performed at low-power research reactors; the application for cultural heritage research gives rise to new uses to elder smaller research reactors throughout the world, which is explicitly supported by IAEA.
NINMACH addresses archaeologists and conservators from museums and universities and aims to illustrate the potential of neutron methods in cultural heritage research.
Talks and posters were be presented by physicists and archaeologists who have already had employed neutron methods successfully; attendance was explicitly recommended for scientists who were completely new to neutron methods and wanted to learn about the research possibilities at neutron sources throughout the world.
The conference language was ENGLISH.