Spectroscopic Differentiation and Microscopic Imaging of Red Organic Pigments Using Optical Pump-Probe Contrast.
Analysis of red organic pigments in artworks (and in forensics applications) is challenging, because conventional nondestructive mapping techniques provide little contrast, and most chemical analyses with high specificity require sample removal. Here we demonstrate a new optical approach, pump-probe microscopy, for the analysis of red organic pigments. We investigate Carmine naccarat, Lac dye, purpurin, alizarin, madder lake, and eosin Y and show that their intrinsic photophysical properties produce distinctive pump-probe spectra. We utilize this contrast for high-resolution, three-dimensional imaging without the need for physical sample removal. Lastly, we highlight the potential of pump-probe microscopy as an analytical tool for forensics of other types of organic colorants by investigating a series of automotive paints.
Yu, J; Warren, WS; Fischer, MC
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