SPring-8 Users Community (SPRUC)

Research Group:

Cultural Heritage Research Group

  Naoto Yagi
  Koto 1-1-1, Sayogun, Hyogo Japan
  Telephone: +81-791-58-0908

Research Area:

Applied Materials


BL01B1, BL08W, BL20XU,BL20B2, BL28B2, BL37XU, BL43IR, BL47XU

Overview of Research Group, Goals and Purposes:

Synchrotron radiation was applied to cultural heritage objects in 1987 at the Photon Factory in Japan before the rest of the world. Today, the advanced third-generation synchrotron radiation at SPring-8 is applicable to wide range of studies in the field of cultural heritage, archaeology and arts. Our successful applications include the study on ceramics, glass artifacts, wooden statues metal artifacts, silk fibers, Japanese lacquer, art of painting, and so on. Utilization of advanced properties of SR X-rays from SPring-8 allow high energy XRF with 116-keV X-rays, X-ray microbeam (1 µmφ) analysis, and CT with highly collimated parallel 200-keV beams for advanced nondestructive high-sensitive three dimensional X-ray analyses of cultural heritage.

Our "Cultural Property Research Group" aims to promote a fruitful application of synchrotron radiation at SPring-8 to cultural heritage science and produce advanced and international research achievements. We also aim to make proposals concering our expected light source, beamline, and techniques to contribute to the SPring-8 upgrade plan. The details are as follows.

  1. We will provide information on the latest experimental techniques and share SR application results in the field of heritage science through our meetings and society activities to increase the number of users and to bridge communications between the BL scientists and the users.
  2. We supported the events such as "SPring-8 Workshop on Analytical Techniques for Cultural Heritage" from 2015A to 2018B, terms of the Social Interest Proposals. Since the 2020A term, new review field of Humanities and Social Sciences (HS) has been established for proposals in archaeology and vultural heritage field. It is expected that the importance of our group is increasingly recognized.
  3. We will collect the opinions and requests from the users in our field and make a constructive proposal to the SPring-8 upgrade plan.