Jeremy Uden from the Pitt Rivers Museum holds one of a pair of samurai swords to be investigated using the INES instrument. Image courtesy of The Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University. View full-size image
Neutron analysis is a very delicate and non-destructive way of examining valuable museum objects. Jeremy Uden from Oxford’s Pitt Rivers museum is using ISIS to work out how Japanese craftsmen could produce such high quality steel several hundred years before the Industrial Revolution.
Jeremy Uden, Conservator at the Pitt Rivers museum, Oxford, explains a bit more about the experiments conducted on this samurai sword.