Non-linear imaging microscopy techniques as diagnostic tools for Cultural Heritage studies


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Dr. George Filippidis


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Non linear imaging techniques (SHG, THG and MPEF) are implemented, as high resolution, non-destructive diagnostic tools for Cultural Heritage studies.

Research Topics
Non-linear Microscopy

Abstract

Non linear image contrast modalities (Multi Photon Excitation Fluorescence, Second Harmonic Generation, Third Harmonic Generation) have been proved to be powerful diagnostic tools for Cultural Heritage (CH) studies. These high resolution techniques have the potential to provide new information for the exact thickness determination and composition identification as a function of depth of different multi layer Cultural Heritage objects. Specifically, fresh and artificially aged varnish protective layers, pigments, lining glues and corrosion layers of silver based artifacts have been investigated. Furthermore, this femtosecond laser based approach (non linear microscopy) has been implemented for assessing in depth modifications induced during laser cleaning of modern paintings.

The non-destructive nature and the reduced data acquisition time of these imaging methods make them ideal diagnostic tools for in situ applications, facilitating the exact control of any cleaning interventions.

 




Publications

  • Nonlinear microscopy techniques for assessing the UV laser polymer interactions
    A. Selimis, G.J. Tserevelakis, S. Kogou, P. Pouli, G. Filippidis, N. Sapogova N. Bityurin and C. Fotakis, Optics Express, 20, 3990, 2012

  • Nonlinear imaging and THz diagnostic tools in the service of cultural heritage
    G. Filippidis, M. Massaouti, A. Selimis, E.J. Gualda, J.-M. Manceau, and S. Tzortzakis, Applied Physics A, 106, 257, 2012

  • The use of model probes for assessing in-depth modifications induced during the laser cleaning of modern paintings
    P. Vounisiou, A. Selimis, G. J. Tserevelakis, K.Melessanaki, P. Pouli, G. Filippidis, C. Beltsios, S. Georgiou and C. Fotakis, Applied Physics A, 100, 647, 2010

  • Multiphoton excitation fluorescence and Third Harmonic generation microscopy measurements combined with Confocal Raman Microscopy for the analysis of layered samples of varnished oil films
    A. Nevin, D. Comelli, I. Osticioli, G. Filippidis, K. Melessanaki, G. Valentini, C. Fotakis, Applied Physics A, 100, 599, 2010

  • THG and MPEF imaging microscopy techniques for the online art conservation diagnosis
    E.J. Gualda, G. Filippidis, K. Melessanaki, C. Fotakis, Applied Spectroscopy, 63, 280, 2009

  • In-depth assessment of modifications induced during the laser cleaning of modern paintings
    A. Selimis, P. Vounisiou, G.J. Tserevelakis, K. Melessanaki, P. Pouli, G. Filippidis, C. Beltsios, S. Georgiou and C. Fotakis, SPIE Europe 2009 Optical Metrology O3A: Optics for Arts, Architecture and Archaeology, DOI: 10.1117/12.827658, 2009

  • Second and third harmonic generation measurements of glues used for lining textile supports of painted artworks
    G. Filippidis, K. Melessanaki, C. Fotakis, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 395, 2161, 2009

  • Nonlinear imaging microscopy techniques as diagnostic tools for art conservation studies
    G. Filippidis, E. J. Gualda, K. Melessanaki, and C. Fotakis, Optics Letters, 33, 240, 2008

Project Members
Dr. George Filippidis
Dr. Mari Meropi
Prof. Costas Fotakis
Ms. Kristalia Melessanaki



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