Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) for Examination of Artworks



Optical coherence tomography is a fast, non-invasive technique of structural analysis utilising near-infrared radiation. Examples of using OCT, for obtaining cross-sectional images of objects of craftsmanship and an easel painting have been shown. Issues regarding the technique of execution and destruction phenomena were resolved non-invasively. In some cases, the secondary alterations can be identified and localised within the object’s structure which helps in authentication of the artwork.



The authors would like to thank Mrs. Alina Targowska and Mrs. Romualda Uziembło from the District Museum in Toruń as well as Mrs. Iwona Kluk from the Museum of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn for providing objects for examination.

This research has been co-financed by H2020 IPERION CH project (contract number: 654028) and conducted with use of the research infrastructure of Interdisciplinary Centre for Modern Technology of N. Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland, financed by Regional Operational Programme for Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodship (Project No.: RPKP.05.04.00-04-001/10).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Fine ArtsNicolaus Copernicus UniversityTorunPoland
  2. 2.Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and InformaticsNicolaus Copernicus UniversityTorunPoland

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