Prof. Dr. Heinz-Eberhard Mahnke

Heinz-Eberhard Mahnke is honorary professor of the Physics Department at Freie Universität Berlin. He was a senior scientist at HZB (Helmholtz-Center Berlin for materials and energy) and visiting professor at C2RMF (Centre de recherche et de restauration des Musées de France) of the Palais du Louvre in Paris (until 9/2009).

Starting with basic research in nuclear physics and solid state physics using nuclear techniques (esp. in connection with ion beams) he moved into interdisciplinary research on our cultural heritage using ions and x-rays from synchrotron sources applied e.g. to the investigation of stained glass.

His recent interest is to virtually unfold – unroll papyri by tomographic techniques to get access to the hidden texts.His activities focus on the promotion of interdisciplinary research on cultural heritage, best manifested by his successful incorporation of this field into the highly prestigious conference format Gordon Research Conference organized by the GRC with the first conference successfully held in 2012.

Activities

Further Activities

since 2015 Member of the peer-review committee for AGLAE (at C2RMF) within the European IPERION CH program (succeeding the CHARISMA program)
1990 – 2009 Involved in the network “Research with nuclear probes and ion beams” (sponsored by BMBF Federal Ministry for Education and Research), committee member (1990 – 1995 and since 2002), organizing yearly workshops of the network in  1990, 1999 und 2003 and for the general network for “Ion research” 2006 at HMI in Berlin
2006 Member of the review committee for the evaluation of the research program of CIRIL at GANIL, Caen

Talks, conferences and more

(selection)

2017 18.6.2017 – 26.6.2017 Talk “With Detective Sherlock Holmes in the Museum – Hidden Secrets Revealed with Nuclear Techniques”
Part of: Gordon Research Conference on “Nuclear Chemistry”, Colby Sawyer, New London, New Hampshire, USA
June 2017 Talk “With Detective Sherlock Holmes in the Museum Hidden secrets revealed non-destructively”
At the Nuclear Physics Departement CEA, Saclay, France
2016 6.9.2017 – 8.9.2017 Talk “Revealing hidden text in rolled papyri“ (joint talk with D. Baum, N. Lindow, V. Lepper, K. Mahlow)
Part of: SR2A-2016 Conference on “Synchrotron radiation and neutrons in art and archaeology“, Chicago, USA
September 2016 Talk “With detective Sherlock Holmes in the museum – hidden secrets revealed nondestructively”
At the Physics Department, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois, USA
September 2016 Talk “Virtual reading of papyri within the Elephantine project” (joint talk with V. Lepper)
At the Library of Congress, Washington D.C., USA
September 2016 Talk “Virtual reading of papyri within the Elephantine project”
At the Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Garcia Center, Stony Brook University, New York, USA
September 2016 Talk “Virtual reading of rolled and folded papyri”
At the Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, New York, USA
April 2016 Talk ”With detective Sherlock Holmes in the museum – hidden secrets revealed nondestructively”
At the Nuclear Physics Departement, iThemba Labs, Somerset West, South Africa
2015 6.9.2015-12.9.2015 Chairman of manuSciences ‘15 | Franco-German Summer School “Manuscripts. From Fragments to Books – from Identification to Interpretation” on Frauenchiemsee
Januar 2015 Talk “Lesen nicht entfalteter Schriften“
At the Förderkreis des Rathgen-Forschungslabors,Berlin
2014 December 2014, Talk “Mit Sherlock Holmes ins Museum – Neues aus der Archäometrie”
At Fachbereich Physik, Freie Universität Berlin
September 2014 Talk “Accelerators and x-rays in cultural heritage studies – Accelerators for art”
At the Nuclear Physics Department CEA, Saclay, France
August 2014 Talk “With detective Sherlock Holmes in the museum – hidden secrets revealed”
At the Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Garcia Center, Stony Brook University, New York, USA
27.7.2014 – 1.8.2014 Discussion leader at the Gordon Research Conference on “Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research”, Sunday River Resort, Newry, Maine, USA
27.4.2014 – 30.4.2017 Talk “Identification of hidden texts in folded and rolled papyri” (joint talk with M. Krutzsch, V. Lepper, and K. Mahlow)
Part of the Conference “Technart 2015”, Catania, Italy
2012 27.7.2012 – 3.8.2012 Chairman of the first Gordon Research Conference on “Scientific Methods in Cultural Heritage Research”, West Dover, Vermont, USA
April 2012 Talk “Accelerators: from materials science to cultural heritage studies”
At the Physics Department UNAM Mexico City, Mexico
2011 Chairman of a French-German Summer School “Science and Technology in Cultural Heritage STICH 2011” on Frauenchiemsee
November 2011 Talk “Accelerators: from materials science to cultural heritage studies”
At the Physics Department, UMK Torun, Poland
Mai 2011 Talk “X-ray spectroscopy: non-destructive chemical analysis of hidden structures – from absorption to tomography”
Part of EMRS Spring Meeting 2011, Nice, France
April 2011 Talk “Accelerators and x-rays in cultural heritage investigations”
Part of Archéométrie 2011 Conference Liège, Belgium
March 2011 Talk “High Tech for Cultural Heritage – Secrets disclosed non-destructively”
At the Materials Science Department, Stony Brook University, New York, USA
2010 29.4.2010 Invited to a stage discussion (broadcasted on public radio Inforadio (RBB) on “High-Tech in the Museum – Dinosaurs, Mummies and other beauties”
2009 7.9.2009 – 14.9. 2009 Chairman of a French-German Summer School “Nanophotonics in Nature and Art 2009” in Ile d’Oléron, France
Chairman of a symposium on “Cultural heritage objects irradiated – Radiation hits cultural heritage”
At Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
April 2009 Invited seminar travel tour to China with a grant by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft to the Institute of High Energy Physics CAS, Beijing and the Institute for Modern Physics, CAS, Lanzhou with lectures on “Accelerators as a link from solid state physics to cultural heritage” and “Ion-beam induced nano-sized Ag-metal clusters in glass”
2007 Chairman of a German-French Summer School “AARD 2007 – Analysis in Art with Radiation” in Mühlhausen

Photo: Instituto de Fisica UNAM Mexico