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Microanalysis of artworks: IR microspectroscopy of paint cross-sections

Robyn Sloggett, Caroline Kyi, Nicole Tse, Mark J Tobin, Ljiljana Puskar, Stephen P Best

VIBRATIONAL SPECTROSCOPY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2010

Abstract

FTIR microspectroscopy of a highly stratified paint cross-section from a late nineteenth century commercial building is described. The use of a Ge attenuated total reflectance (ATR) microscope objective and synchrotron IR source allow collection of high-quality spectra from a 5 μm × 5 μm area of sample in contact with the Ge-ATR crystal. These measurements reflect the clear distinction between the major components that comprise the different paint layers and, more importantly, reveal differences in the local composition within visually similar regions, assisting in the identification of the minor components of the layer. While responsible for the appearance, intensely colored pigments are of..

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