Main research topics

Research activities are related to three main topics:

   -  development of new instruments and methods
   -  archaeometry
   -  diagnostic for cultural heritage

Techniques developed are mainly related to luminescence and X-ray based methods with a particular attention to portable instruments.
In the archaeometric field the main topic is the study of ancient materials by means of a multi-techniques approach (in particular lapis lazuli and ceramics). Moreover a laboratory for the dating by means of thermoluminescence is operative.
About diagnostic for cultural heritage many efforts were made in X-ray imaging both 2D and 3D (tomography).

Analysis are carried out by means of instrumentations available in Torino but also using International Laboratories, in many cases in the framework of European Research Infrastructures.

Research is carried out by the people of the Physics Department of the University of Torino and INFN Torino Division, but the collaboration with different institutions is fundamental, in particular with other University Departments, with CCR "La Venaria Reale" and with TecnArt S.r.l., spin off of University of Torino. A list of all collaborations can be found here.