Applied Physics A

, Volume 89, Issue 4, pp 833–840

The scientific investigation of artwork and archaeological artefacts: Raman microscopy as a structural, analytical and forensic tool


DOI: 10.1007/s00339-007-4212-5

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Clark, R. Appl. Phys. A (2007) 89: 833. doi:10.1007/s00339-007-4212-5


The impact of Raman microscopy on the study of artwork and archaeological artefacts is outlined. Important recent case studies are presented to illustrate the power of the technique to answer – either alone or in conjunction with other techniques – key questions of great art historical, conservational, cultural, archaeological and scientific interest. Raman microscopy also offers, via pigment identification, the possibility of testing the attribution of artwork, a matter which should be of great concern to galleries, auction houses and museums.

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© Springer-Verlag 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Christopher Ingold LaboratoriesUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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