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Laser Chemistry
Volume 2006 (2006), Article ID 42709, 5 pages
Research Article

Laser Cleaning and Spectroscopy: A Synergistic Approach in the Conservation of a Modern Painting

1Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL), Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), P.O. Box 1385, Heraklion GR71110, Crete, Greece
2Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York 10128-0173, NY, USA

Received 15 September 2006; Revised 17 November 2006; Accepted 17 November 2006

Academic Editor: Marta Castillejo

Copyright © 2006 K. Melessanaki 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.


We present results from preliminary laser cleaning studies performed on a 20th century modern painting, in which laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) was employed for monitoring the progress of material removal. This synergistic approach, that combines laser ablation cleaning with spectroscopic control, is of obvious importance as it offers a reliable means of ensuring proper conservation and could be the basis of a standard protocol for laser-based restoration procedures.