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CTinHS Lecture #06: Sirius – a powerful tool to study ancient materials with synchrotron light 

The CTinHS lectures are part of HS Academy: a collaborative initiative between IPERION HS (www.iperionhs.eu) and E-RIHS (www.e-rihs.eu). The two European projects integrate facilities of recognized excellence in Heritage Science, offering access to a wide range of high-level scientific instruments, methodologies, data, tools and training opportunities for advancing knowledge and innovation in the field.

Lecture #06 of the “Current Topics in Heritage Science” series will be delivered by Verônica C. Teixeira on Thursday, February 16th, at 3 pm (Rome time).


Sirius is a 4th generation synchrotron light source and one of the pioneers in this level around the world. Its high brightness and coherent beam make the Sirius light a unique and powerful tool to probe several aspects of matter, in a huge X-ray microscope. Many contrasts based on absorption and scattering can be achieved at the beamlines of Sirius achieving nanometric resolution and allowing unprecedent studies in many areas of knowledge. In this lecture, I will present an overview about Sirius, its construction, the challenges around this project, and the potentialities of using Sirius light in several areas, empathizing studies of the Cultural Heritage.

February 16th, 2022 at 3 pm (Rome time zone)

45 minutes (30 minutes + 15 minutes Q&A)

You will learn

  • About the advances for Cultural Heritage using 4th generation synchrotron sources;
  • The use of nanoprobes on the study of ancient materials;
  • Synchrotron-based techniques, such as X-ray fluorescence imaging and complimentary ones, which can be explored in the study of Cultural Heritage

Key topics we’ll cover

  • Advances on synchrotron sources and related techniques applied to the study of Cultural Heritage;
  • Sirius as a new platform for studying ancient materials;
  • X-ray fluorescence as a non-destructive technique applied to the study of Cultural Heritage


Verônica C. Teixeira, beamline scientist of the Coherent X-ray Nanoprobe beamline (CARNAUBA) from the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory: Sirius; which is part of the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (Brazil).

She got titles of Bachelor in Physics and Medical Physics, Master and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering in the Federal University of Sergipe-Brazil, and  was visiting researcher in the Canadian Light Source (Canada).


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