Lasers in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage: Principles and Applications (Series in Optics and Optoelectronics)

Lasers in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage: Principles and Applications (Series in Optics and Optoelectronics)

By: Costas Fotakis (author), Savas Georgiou (author), Vivi Tornari (author), D. Anglos (author), V. Zafiropulos (author)Hardback

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With the maturation of laser technology in diagnostic and conservation applications, conservation scientists, archeologists, art historians, researchers, and advanced science-oriented students now have the tools necessary for preserving the future of our past-our cultural heritage. Presenting recent developments in the field, Lasers in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage: Principles and Applications addresses the basic concepts of laser applications and supplies case studies of analytical, structural diagnostic, and laser cleaning applications. The book provides a comprehensive presentation of the fundamental principles and applications of modern laser technology in the analysis of composition, diagnostics of structural integrity, and conservation of artworks and antiquities. Beginning with an introduction to the basic techniques used in art conservation and archeology, the book describes the fundamental aspects of laser-matter interactions, emphasizing laser diagnostics and laser processing applications. The next few chapters focus on laser-based spectroscopic techniques for the analysis of the composition of materials in art and archaeology, including laser-induced breakdown, Raman, and laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopic techniques. The book proceeds to highlight nondestructive diagnostic techniques, laser processing applications, laser applications for the cleaning of paintings and stone, and methods for the removal of encrustations. It concludes with case studies for the conservation of materials like parchment, paper, metal, ivory, and wood, and includes conservation approaches for modern paintings. Bridging science with art, Lasers in the Preservation of Cultural Heritage presents a systematic overview of the fundamentals and applications of laser techniques in artwork conservation and archeological science.

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INTRODUCTION Art and Technology Laser Technology and Applications Laser Interactions with Materials Types of Laser Applications in Cultural Heritage Brief History of Laser Use in Preserving Cultural Heritage The Structure of This Book References FUNDAMENTALS OF THE LASER DIAGNOSTICS AND INTERACTIONS WITH MATTER Introduction Basic Photophysical Concepts Description of Laser-Induced Processes Delineation of Processes with Increasing Laser Irradiance References LASER-INDUCED BREAKDOWN SPECTROSCOPY (LIBS): CULTURAL HERITAGE APPLICATIONS Introduction: Why LIBS in Cultural Heritage? Physical Principles Instrumentation Analytical Parameters and Methodology Examples of LIBS Analysis in Art and Archaeology LIBS in Combination with Other Techniques Concluding Remarks References RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY IN CULTURAL HERITAGE Introduction Physical Principles Instrumentation Examples of Raman Analysis in Art and Archaeology Raman Analysis in Combinations with Other Techniques Concluding Remarks References LASER INTERFEROMETRY FOR DIRECT STRUCTURAL DIAGNOSTICS Introduction: Laser Interference as Diagnostic Technique Holography Principles Holographic Interferometry NDT for Direct Assessment of Structural Condition of Artworks Related Techniques Complementary Integration, LASERACT Summary References OVERVIEW OF LASER PROCESSING AND RESTORATION METHODS Introduction Laser-Induced Material Ejection Ablation Metrics Cleaning Methodologies Assessment of the Laser-Induced Processes and Effects Assessment of the Influence of Parameters Ablation Plume/Plasma Dynamics Experimental Techniques: Possibilities and Limitations Experimental Setups Conclusions References LASER CLEANING OF POLYMERIZED SUBSTRATES: REMOVAL OF SURFACE RESIN FROM PAINTINGS Introduction Optimization of Laser Parameters: General Considerations Ablation Efficiency Studies Light Transmission Studies Chemical Alteration of Substrate Laser Ablation of Aged Resin Layers from Paintings Laser Ablation of Paint Layers from Composite Materials Er:Yag Laser in the Removal of Surface Layers Conclusions References LASER CLEANING OF ENCRUSTATIONS Introduction Major Operative Mechanisms and Associated Optical Phenomena Removal of Encrustation: Test Case Studies Conclusions References LASER CLEANING OF OTHER MATERIALS Introduction Parchment and Paper Metal Conclusions References INDEX

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  • publication date: 25/10/2006
  • ISBN13: 9780750308731
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9780750308731
  • weight: 635
  • ISBN10: 0750308737

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