In this work we present a systematic study of Japanese sword hand-guards (tsuba) carried out by means of non-invasive techniques using neutrons. Several tsuba from different periods, belonging to the Japanese Section of the Stibbert Museum, were analysed using an innovative approach to characterise the bulk of the samples, coupling two neutron techniques, namely Time of Flight Neutron Diffraction (ToF-ND) and Nuclear Resonance Capture Analysis (NRCA). The measurements were carried out on the same instrument: the INES beam-line at the ISIS spallation pulsed neutron source (UK). NRCA analysis allows identifying the elements present in the sample gauge volume, while neutron diffraction is exploited to quantify the phase distribution and other micro-structural parameters of the metal specimen. The results show that all samples are made of high-quality metal, either steel or copper alloy, with noticeable changes in composition and working techniques, depending on the place and time of manufacturing. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
|Pages (from-to)||1143 - 1150|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2013|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
Barzagli, E., Grazzi, F., Civita, F., Scherillo, A., Pietropaolo, A., Festa, G., & Zoppi, M. (2013). Non-invasive characterisation of SIX Japanese hand-guards (tsuba). Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing, 113(4), 1143 - 1150. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00339-013-7832-y