Non-invasive characterisation of SIX Japanese hand-guards (tsuba)

Elisa Barzagli, Francesco Grazzi, Francesco Civita, Antonella Scherillo, Antonino Pietropaolo, Giulia Festa, Marco Zoppi

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1143 - 1150
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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