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X-ray computed tomography of an ancient large globe
Author(s): F. Casali; M. Bettuzzi; D. Bianconi; R. Brancaccio; S. Cornacchia; C. Cucchi; E. Di Nicola; A. Fabbri; N. Lanconelli; M. P. Morigi; A. Pasini; D. Romani; A. Rossi
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Paper Abstract

Computed Tomography (CT) is one of the principal non-invasive techniques for the investigation of the inner structure of works of art. The main advantage of using CT is that it provides high resolution 3D information of the analyzed object. CT of large objects can be hampered by the long time needed and by the difficulties regarding the experimental arrangements required. In this paper we present a CT study of an ancient large globe (diameter of about 2.2 m). We set-up an ad hoc system for the analysis of the globe in situ. The system consists of an X-ray tube, a detector made of a GOS scintillator and an EBCCD camera, the movement axes, a vertical moving axis for the tube, a horizontal-vertical axis for the detector, and a rotating platform for the globe. The investigation of the entire globe has required the acquisition of about 32000 planar images, for providing the 3D tomographic reconstruction. The analysis of the reconstructed volume has allowed to estimate the composition of the inner structure of the globe.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 August 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5857, Optical Methods for Arts and Archaeology, 58570V (12 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.612122
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F. Casali, Univ. of Bologna (Italy)
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M. Bettuzzi, Univ. of Bologna (Italy)
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D. Bianconi, Univ. of Bologna (Italy)
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R. Brancaccio, Univ. of Bologna (Italy)
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S. Cornacchia, Univ. of Bologna (Italy)
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C. Cucchi, Univ. of Bologna (Italy)
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E. Di Nicola, Univ. of Bologna (Italy)
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A. Fabbri, Univ. of Bologna (Italy)
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N. Lanconelli, Univ. of Bologna (Italy)
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M. P. Morigi, Univ. of Bologna (Italy)
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A. Pasini, Univ. of Bologna (Italy)
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D. Romani, Univ. of Bologna (Italy)
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A. Rossi, Univ. of Bologna (Italy)
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Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5857:
Optical Methods for Arts and Archaeology
Renzo Salimbeni; Luca Pezzati, Editor(s)

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