Virtual heritage or cultural heritage and technology is the body of works dealing with information and communication technologies (ICT) and their application to cultural heritage, such as virtual archaeology.Virtual heritage and cultural heritage have independent meanings: cultural heritage refers to sites, monuments, buildings and objects "with historical, aesthetic, archaeological, scientific, ethnological or anthropological value",whereas virtual heritage refers to instances of these within a technological domain, usually involving computer visualization of artefacts or Virtual Reality environments. One technology that is frequently employed in virtual heritage applications is augmented reality, which is used to provide on-site reconstructions of archaeological sites or artefacts. Many virtual heritage projects focus on the tangible aspects of cultural heritage, for example 3D modelling, graphics and animation. VRmed Ltd. is working with Professor Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem, Chair in Architecture at the School of Architecture (NTU Nottingham). Gamal is leading the development of the University’s Innovative Global Centre on Heritage Sciences and Management Research.
Muon tomography is a technique that uses cosmic ray muons to generate three-dimensional images of volumes using information contained in the Coulomb scattering of the muons.
A thermographic camera (also called an infrared camera or thermal imaging camera) is a device that forms an image using infrared radiation, similar to a common camera that forms an image using visible light.
Cosmic rays are ultra-high-energy particles from space that rain down on Earth. When they crash into our atmosphere, the particles break up and fall on us as even smaller particles: