2023-2024 / PHYS0938-1

Physics and cultural heritage


15h Th, 5h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in physics (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in physics (60 ECTS) (Registrations are closed)4 crédits 


David Strivay

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The purpose of this course is to show the interest of the analytical methods for the caracterisation of cultural heritage objects. The main technqiues used will be explained: optical (IR, visble, UV), X-rays (fluorescnece, radiography) and particles (ion beam analysis, mass spectrometry, electron microscopy). Case studies in the different fields will be explaines (pigment, metal, glass,...).

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Introduction to the main analytical tehniques used in the study of cultural heritage objects.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The theory is taught face-to-face. Laboratory visits and demonstrations are organized.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

The course is given in the first semester according to the schedule distributed at the beginning of the academic year by the Department logisticians.

Recommended or required readings

Lecture slides.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

The evaluation consists in a written exam.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


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Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Slides available on eCampus