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Applicability of Optical Coherence Tomography at 1.55 μm to the Examination of Oil Paintings

  • A. Szkulmowska
  • M. Góra
  • M. Targowska
  • B. Rouba
  • D. Stifter
  • E. Breuer
  • P. Targowski
Part of the Springer proceedings in physics book series (SPPHY, volume 116)

With 47 samples of commercially available oil paints, the applicability of Optical coherence tomography to noninvasive tomography of paint layers was examined. Two different instruments, utilizing near-infrared light with central wavelength of 823nm and, for the first time, 1.55 μm, were used to obtain cross-sectional images. Example tomograms are given; a ray tracing correction of images is also discussed. The tests revealed that applicability of OCT is limited to certain pigments and the longer wavelength is better suited for this application.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Szkulmowska
    • 1
  • M. Góra
    • 1
  • M. Targowska
    • 2
  • B. Rouba
    • 2
  • D. Stifter
    • 3
  • E. Breuer
    • 3
  • P. Targowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of PhysicsNicolaus Copernicus UniversityToruńPoland
  2. 2.Institute for the Study, Restoration and Conservation of Cultural HeritageNicolaus Copernicus UniversityToruńPoland
  3. 3.Upper Austrian Research GmbHLinzAustria

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