Stripping paintings of their secrets with hyperspectral imaging

What lies beneath hundreds of years of paint? Professor Costas Balas at the Technical University of Crete, Greece is privy to some of the secrets of the great Renaissance masters with his hyperspectral imaging devices. Such devices can be used to identify not just what chemicals are present in pigments on the surface layers of paintings, but also what lies underneath. Art restoration is […]

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When kinetic theories clash, mind the lattice step: A statistical physics approach to the motion of atoms within materials

Master Equations Fokker–Planck Equations research outreach

What happens when the method used to search out an answer appears to have an effect on the answer itself? In the field of Statistical Physics, two different approaches have been used to describe the particle kinetics: the so-called Master Equations; and their counterpart, the Fokker–Planck Equations. But which is better and why does the approach used have an effect on the […]

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