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Laser Chemistry
Volume 2006, Article ID 35373, 11 pages
Review Article

Optical Coherence Tomography for Artwork Diagnostics

Institute of Physics, Nicolaus Copernicus University, ul. Grudziądzka 5, Toruń 87 100, Poland

Received 15 September 2006; Revised 8 December 2006; Accepted 15 December 2006

Academic Editor: Costas Fotakis

Copyright © 2006 Piotr Targowski et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


An overview of the optical coherence tomography (OCT) technique is given. Time domain, spectral and sweep source modalities are briefly described, and important physical parameters of the OCT instrument are discussed. Examples of the application of OCT to diagnosis of various art objects such as oil paintings on canvas (imaging of glaze and varnish layers), porcelain, faience, and parchment are presented. Applications to surface profilometry of painting on canvas are also discussed.