Photonics for Cultural Heritage

The research activity of the group is focused on the development of innovative optical and vibrational spectroscopic techniques for the characterization and monitoring of the materials of the cultural heritage.

The main research areas include:

  • In-situ analysis of works of art, including paintings, mural paintings, sculptures and polymeric design objects, by means of optical fluorescence imaging techniques (spectral and time-resolved) and multispectral reflectance imaging techniques
  • Study and characterization of organic materials from works of art, including binders, varnishes, organic pigments and dyes, by means of optical fluorescence analysis, VIS and NIR diffused reflectance techniques, and Raman spectroscopy
  • Study and characterization of micro-samples from painted masterpieces of the Renaissance (in collaboration with Archivio Gallone)

List of the available equipment