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Name: Archeological Mass-Spectrometer Scanning Tool (“ArMSST”; simplified/nicknamed “Armascat”)

Description: The body is a rectangular box made of durasteel with a small ‘magazine’ with a small radioactive sign on it. It includes a datascreen on the topside and multiple buttons and adjusters for input under it.
On the topside, a small radar dish is installed with cables wrapped around it. There are small ‘antennas’ reaching inside the dish.
It is not exactly small, but still small enough to be used with two hands.

Abilities: Scanning items utilizing multiple different wavelengths and particles to receive information about their age, lithochemical makeup and possible biological traces. Anything that might be interesting for an archaeologic examination.

Conditional Abilities (Optional): Can be used as Geiger Counter or a radiograph if you use the correct settings.

Limitations: Depending on the age of the scanned object, the Armascat is not always precise and can only date its origin in a timespan. This effect becomes more severe the older the object is.
Further, the [NAME] can get confused if the object has been repaired using material either from different times or different origin, for example if one tried to repair a hole in a piece of pottery with different clay.

Conditional Limitations (Optional): Very weird, out-of-place anomalies can mess with the Armascat in weird ways. Usually, it is getting pretty hot, but sometimes the effect is not really foreseeable.

How does it work: The Armascat has a compartment for radioactive material, as well as a strong electronic magnet. The adjusters can be used to set the intensity with which the radioactive particles are excited, as well as how strong and on which wavelength the electromagnetic waves should be emitted.
The particles and the electromagnetic waves are then focused and blasted through the radar dish at the object in question. These particles are reflected by the object, in a way depending on its materials, content and other traces being left on said object. They are then being picked up again by the antennas in the dish, which then register the amounts of particles and waves, the computer built inside the Armascat then processing the data to depict multiple information about the object on the datascreen such as age, molecular makeup, comparable objects, possible places of origin, etc.
For example, deposits of nitrocarboxy molecules are being created when clay is burnt into pottery, the amount of it decreasing over time. Thus, the less of these deposits are included in an object, the less certain particles can be reflected and picked up by the Armascat, which is then abled to date the object into a certain timespan. It is also capable of radiocarbon dating, which is mostly and especially used in scanning organic leftovers such as fossils: Over time, the carbon enriches inside the fossils until it gets to a point where the carbon molecule can no longer get bigger without a considerable amount of energy and pressure – a chain of 14 carbon molecules. So, it is more or less a ‘reversed’ way of dating in comparison to pottery, because here, the more C14-molecules can be found, the older the fossil is.

Flavor text: Invented by doctor of archaeology Ruvak Pravuu. Most mass-spectrometers are either too big or cannot cover enough information of an item during a scan on a small scale, also lacking the possibility to utilize radioactive particles or roentgen-radiation, which can be quite useful for archaeologic examination. Thus, to shorten the process and give a good, initial overview of any scanned item – which at the same time allows him to inspect any given object in regards to its authenticity. It does not replace a complete, thorough examination of course, but it helps to decide whether an object is worth to be selected for one.

Referenced Technologies (Optional): If it does exist, I have not found it, neither have I found anything that utilizes mentioned technologies in the same way as they are here.

Attainability: Open

Tags: [Civilian]

Category: Tool

(note: Might fit into [Industrial], due to the possible dangers coming with the usage of radioactive material, medium-power electromagnetic waves, roentgen-radiation, etc.)


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Hey there @TheRagnaRoek, this app seems fine to me. I give this an initial pass, awaiting seconding.


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