Laser spectroscopy and imaging applications for the study of cultural heritage murals

R. Ortiz, P. Ortiz, F. Colao, R. Fantoni, M.A. Gómez-Morón, M.A. Vázquez

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Laser induced fluorescence (LIF) associated with imaging scanning techniques has already proved to be a powerful diagnostic tool for artworks. The aim is to assess on-site and remote sensing systems and imaging measurements on murals in order to detect vulnerability and weathering forms due to the effects of environmental conditions. It also seeks to identify treatments in order to optimize interventions by restorers. Four murals (16-18th centuries) were studied using a LIF prototype remotely operating in reflectance and fluorescence mode. Relevant spectral features are identified using principal component analysis and a spectral angle mapper to assess surfaces using imaging applications. The combination of these methods makes possible to identify bio-crust, fissures and the presence of different treatments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35 - 43
Number of pages9
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)

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