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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 11 — Apr. 10, 2010
  • pp: 2151–2160

Contribution of surface state characterization to studies of works of art

Mady Elias, Caroline Magnain, and Jean Marc Frigerio  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 11, pp. 2151-2160 (2010)

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This paper has two purposes. The first one underlines that qualitative and quantitative studies of surface states lead to relevant information for analyzing works of art, with lots of potential for art history, restorers, and curators. The discrimination between different artistic techniques and the influence of a varnish on the leveling of paint surfaces are presented. The second purpose is the comparison between different nondestructive optical topographic methods, i.e., goniophotometry, optical coherence topography, and confocal microscopy, according to their accuracy, their discriminatory ability, their practicability inside a museum, and the size limits of the studied objects.

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OCIS Codes
(030.5770) Coherence and statistical optics : Roughness
(100.6950) Image processing : Tomographic image processing
(180.1790) Microscopy : Confocal microscopy
(240.6700) Optics at surfaces : Surfaces
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering
(180.1655) Microscopy : Coherence tomography

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: December 22, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 9, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 16, 2010
Published: April 7, 2010

Mady Elias, Caroline Magnain, and Jean Marc Frigerio, "Contribution of surface state characterization to studies of works of art," Appl. Opt. 49, 2151-2160 (2010)

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