Biodeteriogens are an important cause of the weathering of a monument, particularly those made of stone, and their detection at an early stage of development helps to protect the monument from deterioration. Frequent mapping of biodeteriogen accumulation is therefore highly necessary. The use of fluorescence lidar for this purpose was introduced in 1995 and has been developed in subsequent years. Three main aspects emerged during this research: the possibility of discriminating between different biodeteriogen strains, the minimum detectable quantity of biodeteriogens, and the control of the efficiency of biocide treatments. We describe the results of a laboratory experiment devoted to clarifying these three aspects of biodeteriogen monitoring by means of fluorescence lidar.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 29, 2001
Revised Manuscript: October 26, 2001
Published: March 20, 2002
David Lognoli, Gioia Lamenti, Luca Pantani, Daniele Tirelli, Piero Tiano, and Luisa Tomaselli, "Detection and characterization of biodeteriogens on stone cultural heritage by fluorescence lidar," Appl. Opt. 41, 1780-1787 (2002)