Journal article

Application of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) to the analysis of natural resins in artworks

Deborah Lau, Michelle Livett, Steven Prawer

JOURNAL OF RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY | WILEY | Published : 2008

Abstract

Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) is rapidly growing as an analytical technique for the detection of extremely low concentrations of analytes. The analysis of natural resins from artworks is often restricted by sample size constraints in general, and Raman spectroscopy in particular is hampered by fluorescence when using visible irradiation wavelengths. This work demonstrates that SERS is able to overcome interference from fluorescence in such samples using the incident wavelength 514.5 nm, to allow collection of SERS spectra from extremely small samples. Characterisation of the natural resin surface coating from a painting by Tiepolo is discussed. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons..

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