Imaging Multispettrale low-cost con filtri interferenziali

Archeomatica. 2015;6(2)


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Journal Title: Archeomatica

ISSN: 2037-2485 (Print); 2384-9428 (Online)

Publisher: mediaGEO soc. coop.

LCC Subject Category: Auxiliary sciences of history: Archaeology

Country of publisher: Italy

Language of fulltext: Italian, English

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Antonio Cosentino (“Cultural Heritage Science Open Source” Piazza Cantarella 11, Aci Sant’Antonio, 95025, Italy)


Double blind peer review

Editorial Board

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Time From Submission to Publication: 8 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Multispectral imaging systems are used in art examination in order to map and identify pigments and binders as well as retouches. A monochromatic camera (CCD or InGaAs) is combined with an appropriate wavelength selection system, simple as a set of interferential filters or powerful but expensive as liquid-crystal tunable filters. A variable number of spectral images of a scene are then acquired and stacked into a reflectance imaging cube to be used to reconstruct reflectance spectra from each of their pixel. This work presents an affordable and simple multispectral imaging system composed of a monochromatic CCD camera and a set of only 12 interferential filters. The system was tested on a mock-up painting realized with traditional and modern pigments and also on a late 1800 authentic oil painting. This system is of particular interest for the cultural heritage sector because of its hardware simplicity, the acquisition speed as well as its lightweight and small dimensions. It must be pointed out that since its small number of filters, this system has limited analytical capacity and it must be used only for the preliminary mapping and identification of the pigments.