Articles | Volume 20, issue 1
Research article
28 Feb 2017
Research article |  | 28 Feb 2017

Neutron imaging investigation of fossil woods: non-destructive characterization of microstructure and detection of in situ changes as occurring in museum cabinets

Giliane P. Odin, Véronique Rouchon, Frédéric Ott, Natalie Malikova, Pierre Levitz, and Laurent J. Michot

Related subject area

Experimental induction of resins as a tool to understand variability in ambers
Leyla J. Seyfullah, Emily A. Roberts, Phillip E. Jardine, and Alexander R. Schmidt
Foss. Rec., 24, 321–337,,, 2021
Short summary
Chemo- and biostratigraphy of the Gaojiashan section (northern Yangtze platform, South China): a new Pc-C boundary section
A. Gamper, U. Struck, F. Ohnemueller, C. Heubeck, and S. Hohl
Foss. Rec., 18, 105–117,,, 2015

Cited articles

Allman, B. E., McMahon, P. J., Nugent, K. A., Paganin, D., Jacobson, D. L., Arif, M., and Werner, S. A.: Imaging: Phase radiography with neutrons, Nature, 408, 158–159,, 2000.
Bae, S., Taylor, R., Shapiro, D., Denes, P., Joseph, J., Celestre, R., Marchesini, S., Padmore, H., Tyliszczak, T., Warwick, T., Kilcoyne, D., Levitz, P., and Monteiro, P. J. M.: Soft X-ray Ptychographic Imaging and Morphological Quantification of Calcium Silicate Hydrates (C–S–H), J. Am. Cer. Soc., 98, 4090–4095,, 2015.
Brisard, S., Chae, R. S., Bihannic, I., Michot, L. J., Guttmann, P., Thieme, J., Schneider, G., Monteiro, P. J. M., and Levitz, P.: Morphological quantification of hierarchical geomaterials by X-ray nano-CT bridges the gap from nano to micro length scales, Am. Mineral., 97, 480–483,, 2012.
Calo, J. and Hall, P.: The application of small angle scattering techniques to porosity characterization in carbons, Carbon, 42, 1299–1304,, 2004.
Clarkson, C. and Bustin, R.: Variation in permeability with lithotype and maceral composition of Cretaceous coals of the Canadian Cordillera, Int. J. Coal Geol., 33, 135–151,, 1997.
Short summary
This paper discusses the applicability of neutron imaging techniques for probing the internal microstructure of pyritized fossil woods upon wetting and drying, two phenomena occurring in museum cabinets and endangering the specimens. We tracked the water diffusion through samples in situ and obtained information on wood pore size, network and internal structure. The differences help to understand the distinct macroscopic behaviors and determine the consequences of moisture variations in museums.