Combined application of PIXE analysis and thermoluminescence (TL) dating for elucidating the origin of iron manufacturing in Japan

N. Hagihara, S. Miono, Z. Chengzhi, Y. Nakayama, K. Hanamoto, S. Manabe

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Abstract

For elucidating the origin of iron manufacturing in Japan, the usefulness of PIXE analysis was reconfirmed and a new technique of thermoluminescence (TL) dating was applied. Through reproducing experiments of iron manufacturing and forging, PIXE analysis was tested for classifying the iron slag produced from these two different process. The TL dating method was improved for experiments with the iron manufacturing furnace, burnt at high temperature (about 1300 K) and irradiated with relatively low dose. Utilizing PIXE analysis, the iron manufacturing furnace can be distinguished from the older forging furnace used for the imported iron plate. Adopting TL dating, the oldest iron manufacturing furnace can be found out. Some ancient samples in Japan were used as a test of this combined application, and the results were positive, thus proving the suitability of the method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-639
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Volume150
Issue number1-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1998 8th International Conference on PIXE and its Analytical Applications - Lund, Swed
Duration: Jun 14 1998Jun 18 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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