EMU Volume 12 – Chapter 14

Chapter 14: Applications of Raman spectroscopy in cultural heritage research
Peter Vandenabeele

The investigation of cultural-heritage objects is an interdisciplinary field of research where a broad range of analytical techniques can be applied to solve different research questions. Raman spectroscopy is applied at an increasing rate to investigate archaeological objects or artworks. This approach has several advantages such as the ability to perform non-destructive, in situ investigations. Molecular spectra of inorganic as well as organic components can be obtained. Thus, the different materials can be identified and degradation effects can be studied. Recently, several mobile Raman spectrometers have become available for examination of cultural-heritage objects. By combining Raman spectroscopy with other, complementary, non-destructive analytical techniques, it is possible to obtain more information from the object under examination.

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