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Virtual gallery of ancient coins through conoscopic holography
Author(s): Giuseppe Schirripa Spagnolo; Raffaele Majo; Marco Carli; Dario Ambrosini; Domenica Paoletti
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Paper Abstract

Physical access to historic and artistic manufactures can be limited by a lot of factors. In particular, the access to the collection of the ancient coins is difficult, especially for students. Indeed, for coins digital archive of high quality three-dimensional model and remote fruition is of great interest. In this work we propose 3D acquisition and digitizing techniques for the virtualized reality of ancient coins (virtual gallery). The system used for creating 3D shape of coins is based on conoscopic holography. This technique is a non-contact three-dimensional measuring technique that makes possible to produce holograms, even with incoherent light, with fringe periods that can be measured precisely to determine the exact distance to the point measured. It is suitable to obtain 3D profile with high resolution also on surface with unevenness reflectivity (this situation is usual on the surface of the ancient coins). By conoscopic holography, high-resolution 3D model can be obtained. However, accurate representation and high-quality display are fundamental requirements to avoid misinterpretation of the data. Therefore, virtual galleries can be obtained through a procedure involving 3D acquisition, 3D model and visualization. In conclusion, we propose an optoelectronic application, integrated with multimedia techniques, in order to improve the access to collection of ancient coins belonging to museums or privates.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 October 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5146, Optical Metrology for Arts and Multimedia, (9 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.500589
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Giuseppe Schirripa Spagnolo, Univ. degli Studi di Roma Tre, INFM (Italy)
Raffaele Majo, Univ. degli Studi di Roma Tre, INFM (Italy)
Marco Carli, Univ. degli Studi di Roma Tre (Italy)
Dario Ambrosini, Univ. degli Studi di L'Aquila, INFM (Italy)
Domenica Paoletti, Univ. degli Studi di L'Aquila, INFM (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5146:
Optical Metrology for Arts and Multimedia
Renzo Salimbeni, Editor(s)

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