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Applied Physics A

, Volume 92, Issue 1, pp 1–9 | Cite as

Optical coherence tomography in art diagnostics and restoration

  • P. TargowskiEmail author
  • B. Rouba
  • M. Góra
  • L. Tymińska-Widmer
  • J. Marczak
  • A. Kowalczyk
Article

Abstract

An overview of the technique of optical coherence tomography (OCT) is presented, and a spectral OCT instrument especially designed for art diagnostics is described. The applicability of OCT to the stratigraphy of oil paintings is discussed with emphasis on examination of the artist’s signature. For the first time, OCT tomograms of stained glass are presented and discussed. The utilisation of Spectral OCT in real-time monitoring of varnish ablation is discussed with examples of ablation, melting and evaporation, and exfoliation of the varnish layer provided, for the first time.

Keywords

Optical Coherence Tomography Paint Layer Laser Induce Breakdown Spectroscopy Optical Coherence Tomography System Reference Mirror 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Targowski
    • 1
    Email author
  • B. Rouba
    • 2
  • M. Góra
    • 1
  • L. Tymińska-Widmer
    • 2
  • J. Marczak
    • 3
  • A. Kowalczyk
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of PhysicsNicolaus Copernicus UniversityToruńPoland
  2. 2.Institute for the Study, Restoration and Conservation of Cultural HeritageNicolaus Copernicus UniversityToruńPoland
  3. 3.Institute of OptoelectronicsMilitary University of TechnologyWarszawaPoland

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