Applied Physics B

, Volume 90, Issue 3–4, pp 365–368 | Cite as

Terahertz time domain spectroscopy for the analysis of cultural heritage related materials

  • J.-M. Manceau
  • A. Nevin
  • C. Fotakis
  • S. TzortzakisEmail author
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A powerful broadband femtosecond laser-driven terahertz source was built and used to analyze cultural heritage and art-related materials in the terahertz region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The high signal-to-noise ratio available in our system revealed details in the absorption spectra which are inaccessible with traditional FTIR spectrometers. Clear spectral signatures were recorded from organic binding media thus demonstrating the potential of the approach for applications in the monitoring and analysis of cultural heritage materials.


Cultural Heritage ZnTe High Dynamic Range Binding Medium Animal Glue 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J.-M. Manceau
    • 1
  • A. Nevin
    • 1
    • 2
  • C. Fotakis
    • 1
    • 3
  • S. Tzortzakis
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL)Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH)HeraklionGreece
  2. 2.Conservation of Wall Paintings DepartmentUniversity of LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsUniversity of CreteHeraklionGreece

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