High-resolution, three-dimensional imaging of pigments and support in paper and textiles


Journal Article

© 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS Historic works on paper, illuminated (painted) or unpainted manuscripts, and textiles are fragile and nearly impossible to sample. Non-invasive techniques such as visible microscopy, X-ray fluorescence, Raman, and reflectance spectroscopy are commonly used to determine the artist material present. Recently, nonlinear optical ultrafast pump-probe microscopy was shown to provide non-invasive, high-resolution mapping of pigments in historic paintings to investigate paint stratigraphy. In this paper, we combine our pump-probe contrast with nonlinear fluorescence and second-harmonic generation contrasts exhibited by fibrous supports composed of natural bio-materials (cellulose, collagen, or lignin). Hence, our multi-modal nonlinear microscope is able to simultaneously investigate pigments in conjunction with their support in three dimensions with micrometer-scale spatial resolution. Here we examine the utility of nonlinear pump-probe microscopy by studying a series of mock-up samples, including indigo-dyed cotton cloth, ultramarine blue painted on various types of paper, and papers painted with mixtures and layers of the two pigments. In each case we find that we can combine pump-probe pigment contrast with nonlinear optical fiber contrast to obtain spatial information that is otherwise unavailable to the conservator.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Villafana, TE; Delaney, JK; Warren, WS; Fischer, MC

Published Date

  • July 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 /

Start / End Page

  • 583 - 588

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1296-2074

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.culher.2016.02.003

Citation Source

  • Scopus