INFN-CHNet was founded to put together and enhance the different competences of INFN laboratories about the development and the applications of analytical techniques aimed at the study and the diagnostics applied to materials in the Cultural Heritage framework.
INFN-CHNet is present in most of the INFN sites, also in connection with local Universities.
The network is monitored by CNTT (Comitato Nazionale di Trasferimento Tecnologico), the technology transfer commitee of INFN. The LABEC laboratory, INFN unit of Florence, is the reference structure.
INFN-CHNet is working in both national and international contexts as a reference actor which is capable to aggregate the multidisciplinary community of researchers and restorers involved in the study and the diagnostics of Cultural Heritage. Since many years, INFN has applied the most advanced technologies and has also developed new techniques and devices to solve the questions of archaeologists, historians, restorers and curators.
Scientific analyses on Cultural Heritage can allow us to collect important knowledge on artworks:
- to support in defining the best approach for restoration;
- to study materials and artists’ techniques;
- to perform provenance studies (so that we can reconstruct e.g. ancient supply sources);
- to date artworks and/or archaeological sites and events;
- to support authenticity studies.