Nondestructive analysis

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Any analysis method that does not alter the physical or chemical characteristics of the material. Examples of nondesctructive analysis methods include: X-ray fluorescence analysis, UV-vis fluorescence, neutron activation analysis, Raman spectroscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy… These methods may concern elemental or molecular analysis.

Synonyms and Related Terms

non-destructive analysis; analyse nondestructive (Fr.); zerstörungsfreie Analyse (Deut.)

Additional information

  • D. Bradley, D. Creagh, Physical techniques in the study of art, archaeology and cultural heritage, Elsevier, Amsterdam (2006)
  • R. van Grieken, K. Janssens, Cultural heritage conservation and environment impact assessment by non-destructive techniques and microanalysis, Taylor & Francis, London (2004)

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