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Excimer laser in art restoration
Author(s): Elias I. Hontzopoulos; Costas Fotakis; M. Doulgeridis
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Paper Abstract

In this work, preliminary results are reported for the use of excimer lasers as a tool for art restoration applications. The short wavelength photons of excimer lasers may induce effective ablation of surface layers of old varnish and/or inorganic and biological deposits from the surface of icons and paintings. In a similar application, restoration of the original painting from overpaintings can be achieved. The dependence of the appropriate laser parameters on the type of paint materials and surface deposits is discussed. For the on line monitoring of the process, reflectivity measurements and image processing techniques are employed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 1993
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 1810, 9th International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers, (4 May 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.144595
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Elias I. Hontzopoulos, FORTH/IESL (Greece)
Costas Fotakis, FORTH/IESL (Greece)
M. Doulgeridis, National Gallery of Athens (Greece)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1810:
9th International Symposium on Gas Flow and Chemical Lasers
Costas Fotakis; Costas Kalpouzos; Theodore G. Papazoglou, Editor(s)

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