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  • Vol. 7, Iss. 6 — May. 25, 2012

Pump-probe imaging of historical pigments used in paintings

Prathyush Samineni, Adele deCruz, Tana E. Villafaña, Warren S. Warren, and Martin C. Fischer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 8, pp. 1310-1312 (2012)

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A recently developed nonlinear optical pump-probe microscopy technique uses modulation transfer to sensitively extract excited-state dynamics of endogenous biological pigments, such as eumelanin and pheomelanin. In this work, we use this method to image and characterize several inorganic and organic pigments used in historical art. We show substantial differences in the near-IR pump-probe signatures from nominally similar pigments and suggest extensions to art restoration.

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(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(300.6420) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, nonlinear
(180.4315) Microscopy : Nonlinear microscopy

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Original Manuscript: December 19, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 23, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 27, 2012
Published: April 6, 2012

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Vol. 7, Iss. 6 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Prathyush Samineni, Adele deCruz, Tana E. Villafaña, Warren S. Warren, and Martin C. Fischer, "Pump-probe imaging of historical pigments used in paintings," Opt. Lett. 37, 1310-1312 (2012)

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