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Infrared Spectroscopy And The Art Of Restoration
Author(s): Stephen Firth
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Paper Abstract

There are many museums and art galleries in the world devoted to the preservation of paintings, sculptures and articles of cultural importance. In some cases the preservation of the museum itself as an architectural inheritance is equally important. Infrared Spectrometry is a powerful tool in the fight to prevent the decay of many works of art. Infrared Spectroscopy can be used to identify many important constituents of the original paints and then used to test the new products used for restoration. Another example is measuring the depth of penetration of preservatives in various materials. For example, building materials can be sectioned to give 30 micron slices that can be subsequently examined by transmission infrared microscopy. This yields information on the types of material present but also on the penetration depth of various preservatives.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1989
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 1145, 7th Intl Conf on Fourier Transform Spectroscopy, (1 December 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.969639
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Stephen Firth, Philips Analytical (UK)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1145:
7th Intl Conf on Fourier Transform Spectroscopy
David G. Cameron, Editor(s)

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