ERIC Number: ED052974
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
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The Mysterious Box: Nuclear Science and Art.
In this booklet intended for junior high school science students a short story format is used to provide examples of the use of nuclear chemistry and physics in the analysis of paints and pigments for authentication of paintings. The techniques discussed include the measurement of the relative amounts of lead-210 and radium-226 in white-lead pigment, neutron activation analysis to "fingerprint" samples of paints, isotope mass spectrometry, and the concentration of carbon-14 in the canvas used. Mention is made of X-ray, X-ray diffraction, and spark source mass spectrometry techniques. A short bibliography is provided. (AL)
Descriptors: Art, Chemical Analysis, Instruction, Laboratory Techniques, Nuclear Physics, Pamphlets, Physics, Secondary School Science, Supplementary Reading Materials
USAEC, P. O. Box 62, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830 (Free)
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Authoring Institution: Atomic Energy Commission, Oak Ridge, TN. Div. of Technical Information.