Fake or genuine? Forensic science using a nuclear reactor and particle beam experts from ANSTO.
The Invisible Revealed. The science of investigating artefacts and history.
This free webinar is most suitable for learners in Years 9 and 10 studying Chemical World for outcomes CW1 a,b,c,d and e. CW2 a, and History Elective Topic 1: History, Heritage and Archaeology HTE5-1.
The Invisible Revealed at the Powerhouse is a collaborative exhibition developed with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the University of NSW. It will be on show until 22 May 2022 and then through digitised assets. It demonstrates how working scientifically has permitted detailed investigation of historic collection artefacts including Japanese katanas, a Lydian coin, clocks, cameras, and rugs. Using Australia’s largest particle accelerator, a synchrotron in Melbourne, and their neutron imaging instrument, scientists, engineers, and curators have explored the fundamental properties of matter to reveal the invisible. Artefacts’ internal structures, composition, and digital restoration via Artificial Intelligence (AI) have given historians revolutionary investigative opportunities. Non-destructive testing preserves the integrity of artefacts for future generations and permits authenticity, provenance, internal structure, and even hidden purposes to be explored, clarified and shared. Real data and techniques will be presented for use after the webinar to give participants the opportunity to identify a relic as real or a clever forgery. Forensic science meets art!
This 50-minute FREE program will give learners an opportunity to meet research scientists and museum curators. They will give an overview of the technologies and techniques used to conduct their research, the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) career paths they have followed and authentic collaborations they have developed beyond their own fields of interest and study. Participants are welcome to submit questions ahead of time for considered reply.
The webinar will be recorded and made available via DART Learning after the event.
IS THIS A FREE EVENT? Yes
BROUGHT TO YOU BY: The Powerhouse Museum
Dr Joseph Bevitt is a Senior Instrument Scientist for the neutron scattering instrument Dingo at ANSTO. Dr Bevitt obtained his PhD in chemistry from the University of Sydney in 2006. As Scientific Coordinator, Dr Bevitt coordinates access to the world-class neutron beam instruments at the Opal nuclear research reactor at ANSTO.
Dr Rachel White is the Sample Environment Group Leader at ANSTO. After completing her PhD studies in electron microscopy with artistic paint pigments, Dr White has undertaken laboratory management and quality systems roles. She is a part of the ANSTO Cultural Heritage project, and enjoys being a part of connecting the cultural heritage community with ANSTO.
Dr Debora Lawler-Dormer is the Research manager at the Powerhouse. She has extensive organisational management, programme management and leadership experience in the gallery and museum industry, through initiating and leading arts, community and education initiatives for more than twenty years. Deborah has a PhD in transdisciplinary technoscience arts jointly supervised by University of Auckland and University of New South Wales.
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