Portable spectroscopy for cultural heritage: applications and practical challenges

Federica Pozzi, Adriana Rizzo, Elena Basso, Eva Mariasole Angelin, Susana França de Sá, Costanza Cucci, Marcello Picollo

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Decades of technological advances in instrumental analysis have transformed many techniques from laboratory innovations to customary analytical tools with increasing applicability to the study of cultural heritage objects. X-ray-based techniques are among the most commonly used analytical tools in conservation science. The performances of portable Raman instrumentation have been also compared with those of mobile Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) to monitor the conservation treatment of monument plaster surfaces using various classes of polymeric consolidants and protectives. The chapter describes the application of X-ray fluorescence, fiber optic reflectance spectroscopy, Raman, and FTIR spectroscopies to the analysis of artworks and cultural heritage materials, along with the techniques’ main advantages and drawbacks, through the presentation and critical discussion of series of case studies. Noninvasive and noncontact reflection FTIR spectroscopy has found increasing application to survey plastic heritage collections so that conservation treatments, preservation, storage, display, or use can be strategized.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPortable Spectroscopy and Spectrometry
EditorsRichard Crocombe, Pauline Leary, Brooke Kammrath
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)9781119636489
ISBN (Print)9781119835578
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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