Synchrotron Radiation in Art and Archaeology


The venue is centrally located in the Northeast corridor, where scientists and art conservators from a great number of museums, universities, and synchrotrons can easily travel to participate.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world's largest and finest art museums. Its collections include more than two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe. Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum is located in New York City's Central Park along Fifth Avenue (from 80th to 84th Streets). Nearly five million people visit the Museum each year. See

The Institute of Fine Arts

The Institute of Fine Arts at New York University (IFA-NYU) is dedicated to graduate teaching and advanced research in the history of art, archaeology, and the conservation and technology of works of art. From its advantageous position on New York’s Museum Mile, the Institute plays a vital role in the public dissemination and discussion of art historical research through an active program of lectures and conferences. The Conservation Center at IFA was established in 1961 and was thus the first graduate program for the study of the technology and conservation of works of art and historic artifacts in the US. IFA-NYU offers to hold the welcome reception and will offer NYU housing at special rates for all participants. The Conservation Center at IFA-NYU will offer guided tours for participants interested in graduate training in conservation.

The Winterthur Museum

Winterthur Museum, the nation’s premier museum of American decorative arts, is located 2.5 hours to the south. A former du Pont estate with greater than 175 period room settings filled with an unparalleled collection of art and antiques, Winterthur is the ideal setting for the two graduate programs it proudly sponsors with the University of Delaware. The Winterthur Program in American Material Culture (WPAMC) was founded in 1954 to prepare museum curators. The Winterthur-University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC) was founded in 1974 to prepare conservators of works of art and cultural heritage. Together, these programs boast nearly 750 graduates and are involved with the study, interpretation and conservation of objects significant to the history and culture of their communities. Through their work in museums, historic sites, conservation laboratories, cultural organizations, and arts advocacy, they steward the material patrimony of the United States.

The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source Facility

Cornell University, an Ivy League University and the site of the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) is the location for groundbreaking research in x-ray focusing optics, x-ray imaging, and subsurface x-ray depth profiling is located 3.5 hours to the north of NYC. CHESS boasts a confocal XRF microscope for the standoff depth profiling of paintings, and is currently conducting research into nanoscale XAS and XRF for cultural heritage applications.

The National Synchrotron Light Source

The National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) is situated at Brookhaven National Laboratory (80 miles East of NYC). Each year, about 2,200 researchers from more than 400 universities, companies, and government labs use the x-rays, ultraviolet light and infrared light that it produces for research in such diverse fields as biology and physics, chemistry and geophysics, medicine and materials science. Starting operation in 2014, NSLS-II is the planned successor to the NSLS. NSLS-II will produce x-rays more than 10,000 times brighter than the current NSLS, with emphasis on the critical scientific challenges of our energy future. SR2A will help BNL and NSLS-II consider increasing their potential for activities in cultural heritage.