Workshop: Accurate Elemental Nondestructive XRF, June 5-6, UCLA

Workshop: Accurate Elemental Nondestructive XRF
June 5-6, 2014

308 Charles E Young Dr W. (Fowler Museum Building) 
A Level, Room A222 
Los Angeles, CA 90024

The UCLA/Getty Conservation Program is hosting the handheld XRF workshop "Accurate Elemental Nondestructive XRF", June 5-6th, at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA.  This introductory workshop will provide information about the physics of XRF analysis and how this technique can be applied to the analysis of cultural material.  The workshop will be hands-on and participants are encouraged to bring in their own samples for analysis.  

The workshop will be taught by Dr. Bruce Kaiser, Chief Scientist, Bruker Elemental, Handheld XRF. Bruce is an internationally-known expert and has taught in over 300 museums and universities worldwide. He has broad and deep technical knowledge of the challenges facing scientists, curators and conservators of very diverse collections and materials.

The workshop will cover:
Day 1
  • Basic Instrument Parts & Safety
  • How it Works
  • Photons, Electrons, and What We Already Know about Them
  • Instrument Set-Up
  • S1PXRF Software
  • Hands-On
  • Data Collection
  • Filter-Voltage-Current Decisions
  • Depth of Attenuation/Analysis
  • Peaks – what’s there
  • Applications
Day 2 (half day)
  • Artax Software
  • Hands-On
  • Who Uses the Tracer
  • Applications
  • Questions

If you are interested in attending, please email Vanessa Muros ( by May 30th to register.  The workshop is free, but space is limited.  

The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology is located on the UCLA campus, on the lower level of the Fowler Museum.  Parking is available at pay-by-space lots for $12 a day.  The closest parking lots to the Cotsen are Lots 4 and 5.  (see campus maps for location: Map PDF or Interactive UCLA campus map)