Analysis of fresco by laser induced breakdown spectroscopy

L. Caneve, A. Diamanti, F. Grimaldi, G. Palleschi, V. Spizzichino, F. Valentini

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The laser-based techniques have been shown to be a very powerful tool for artworks characterization and are used in the field of cultural heritage for the offered advantages of minimum invasiveness, in situ applicability and high sensitivity. Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy, in particular, has been applied in this field to many different kinds of ancient materials with successful results. In this work, a fragment of a Roman wall painting from the archaeological area of Pompeii has been investigated by LIBS. The sample elemental composition resulting from LIBS measurements suggested the presence of certain pigments. The ratio of the intensities of different lines related to some characteristic elements is proposed as an indicator for pigment recognition. The depth profiling permitted to put in evidence the presence of successive paint layers with different compositions. A comparison with the results obtained by the microscopy inspection of the sample has been done. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)702 - 706
Number of pages5
JournalSpectrochimica Acta, Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation
  • Spectroscopy

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Caneve, L., Diamanti, A., Grimaldi, F., Palleschi, G., Spizzichino, V., & Valentini, F. (2010). Analysis of fresco by laser induced breakdown spectroscopy. Spectrochimica Acta, Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy, 65(8), 702 - 706.