NASA Spinoff Database: Elemental Scanning Devices Authenticate Works of Art

NASA Center: Marshall Space Flight Center
Public Release Year: 2012
Reference Number: MSFC-SO-207
Category: Consumer/Home/Recreation
Origin: X-ray fluorescence for detecting aluminum

To better detect aluminum compounds, Marshall Space Flight Center partnered with KeyMaster Inc. (later acquired by Madison, Wisconsin-based Bruker AXS Inc.) to develop a vacuum pump system that could be attached to X-ray fluorescence (XRF) scanners. The resulting technology greatly expanded XRF scanner capabilities, and hundreds of museums now use them to authenticate artifacts and works of art.

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Page Number in Published book: 90
Manufacturer: Bruker AXS Inc.

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