Dating and Authenticating Works of Art by Measurement of Natural Alpha Emitters

  title={Dating and Authenticating Works of Art by Measurement of Natural Alpha Emitters},
  author={Bernard Keisch and Robert L. Feller and Alvin S. Levine and Raymond R. Edwards},
  pages={1238 - 1242}
A method for distinguishing between modern and old samples of lead has been used to analyze certain works of art. The basis of the method is the detection of radioactive lead-210, which decays with a 22-year half-life when it is unsupported by its long-lived precursor, radium-226. The latter is separated chemically from lead when lead and lead products are prepared from the ore. 

Dating Works of Art through Their Natural Radioactivity: Improvements and Applications

The method for approximately dating white lead, which is based upon the decay of lead-210 present in recently refined lead, has been modified to circumvent potential interferences and finds increased utility through special treatment of the obtained data.

Lead and oxygen isotopes in ancient objects

  • R. Brill
  • Geology
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • 1970
During the past few years most archaeologists and museum curators have become familiar with the term isotope. Isotopes are atoms of the same chemical element which differ slightly from one another in

The contribution of geoscience to cultural heritage studies

This issue of Elements celebrates the diverse contributions that the Earth sciences have made to characterizing, interpreting, conserving, and valorizing cultural heritage. Archaeometry and


Archaeometallurgy is one of the earliest manifestations of archaeometric research, using science-based approaches to address cultural-historical questions. This review first outlines the extent of

Archäometallurgische Untersuchungen am und zum Hortfund von Nebra

Archaeo-metallurgical investigations on and around the Nebra hoard Because of its uniqueness, the Nebra hoard has not only been at the centre of archaeological interest, but it has also been the

Radiation and optical techniques in the visual examination of paintings.

Using various kinds of visible radiation, low power stereoscopic magnification, uv, ir, and x rays, the art conservator may uncover evidence indicative of either a genuine or fraudulent provenance.

The Van Meegeren Art Forgeries

After the liberation of Belgium in World War II, the Dutch Field Security began its hunt for Nazi collaborators. They discovered, in the records of a firm which had sold numerous works of art to the

Creation and Detection of Single Photons

A growing number of technologies employ quantum properties in order to produce solutions that surpass the performance of conventional devices, or to execute operations that are fundamentally imposs

Visual arts, design, and differential equations

The topics of radioactive decay, the envelope of a one-parameter family of differential equations, the differential equation derivation of the cycloid and the catenary, and Whewell equations are discussed.



The radiochemistry of polonium

A bibliography of eight general reviews on the chemistry of Po is presented. The characteristics of Po isotopes are tabulated. The oxidation states, compounds, complexes, and analytical chemistry of

Die genaue Messung der von einem einzelnen α-Teilchen erzeugten Ionenmengen und der Nachweis neuer Aktivitäten

Zusammenfassung1. Die mittels Hoffmannschen Duantenelektrometer (angewandte Empfindlichkeit 1 mm=6740 Ionen) photographisch registrierten, mit einer neuartigen Meß-maschine einzeln ausgemessenen

Feidler for valuable asstance. The work was carried out at the Nuclear Science and Engineering Corporation

    Note that the standard deviations in the values for any one sample are chiefly derived from the statistical nature of the counting process

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      • Technical Studies in the Field of the Fine Arts
      • 1961

      The Radiochemistry of Polonium (National Academy of Sciences-National

      • Research Council Report No. NASNS 3037,
      • 1961

      When radium was not detectable, one standard deviation was used as its concentration for purposes of computing a lower limit of the separation factor