Denker, A.: Radiation Detectors and Art. In: Grupen, C.; Buvat, I. [Eds.] : Handbook of Particle Detection and Imaging . Berlin: Springer, 2012. - ISBN 978-3-642-13270-4, p. 833-853

Abstract:
The use of radiation detectors in the analysis of art objects represents a very special application in a true interdisciplinary field. Radiation detectors emplyed in this field detect, e.g. x-rays, γ -rays, β-particles, and protons. Analysed materials range from stones, metals, over porcelain to paintings. The available non-destructive and non-invasive analytical methods cover a broad range of techniques. Hence, for the sake of brevity, this article will concentrate on few techniques: Proton Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) and Proton Induced γ-ray Emission (PIGE). The basics of these techniques will be described, together with tables and references with relevant information for this field. On selected examples, the potential and the pitfalls of the applied methods will be described.