Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has great potential for the examination of oil paintings, particularly for celebrated masterpieces by great artists in history. We developed an OCT system for large field of view (FOV), high definition (HD) imaging of oil paintings. To achieve large FOV, we translated the sample using a pair of high-precision linear motors and performed sequential volumetric imaging on adjacent, non-overlapping regions. Through 3D OCT imaging, the surface terrain and subsurface microarchitecture of the paintings have been characterized and visualized.
Farzana Zaki, Isabella Hou, Qiongdan Huang, Denver Cooper, Divya Patel, Xuan Liu, and Yi Yang, "Optical coherence tomography for non-invasive examination and conservation of cultural heritage objects," Proc. SPIE 10110, Photonic Instrumentation Engineering IV, 101100F (Presented at SPIE OPTO: February 01, 2017; Published: 20 February 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2252203.
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