The Louvre laboratory
The Center for Research & restoration of the Museums of France (C2RMF), a 3-MeV particle accelerator laboratory, is working beneath the Paris' Louvre Museum, to provide scientific support for all of France's museums. The researchers at C2RMF have also been using physical techniques to give art historians hints about editorial decisions made in the minds of artists hundreds of years after the facts. The laboratory has also taken up science-driven projects to reproduce cosmetics and perfume recipes found in ancient Egypt, to better understand their formulations. New techniques are additionally being developed by C2RMF for studying cultural heritage artifacts, and use standard IR, X-ray, and spectroscopic techniques to study museum pieces. C2RMF has built custom versions of several pieces of instrumentation weighing only 40 kg, which are tested in Italy.
Everts, S. (2008). The Louvre laboratory.