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Ultrafast pump-probe dynamics of iron oxide based earth pigments for applications to ancient pottery manufacture
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Paper Abstract

We demonstrate that ultrafast pump-probe microscopy provides unique dynamics for natural iron oxide and iron hydroxide earth pigments, despite their chemical similarity. First, we conducted a pump-probe spectroscopy study on heat-treated hematite (the pure red iron oxide mineral) and found the pump-probe dynamics to be temperature dependent. Second, we investigated pottery fired under known conditions and observed firing dependent pump-probe dynamics. Finally, we imaged a New World potshard from the North Carolina Museum of Art. Our results indicate that pump-probe microscopy could be a useful tool in elucidating pottery manufacture.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 June 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9527, Optics for Arts, Architecture, and Archaeology V, 952709 (30 June 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2184758
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Tana Elizabeth Villafana, Duke Univ. (United States)
William Brown, North Carolina Museum of Art (United States)
Warren S. Warren, Duke Univ. (United States)
Martin Fischer, Duke Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9527:
Optics for Arts, Architecture, and Archaeology V
Luca Pezzati; Piotr Targowski, Editor(s)

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