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Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) Spectroscopy 

Laser induced Fluorescence spectroscopy (LIF) can be used to complement other spectroscopy techniques such as Raman and reflectance spectroscopy to identify and characterise materials. Remote UV LIF spectroscopy at standoff distances of upto tens of metres can be used to conveniently analyse any spot on a monument/object from the ground level without having to move the instrument. Given the non-invasive nature of the technique, it can also be used for mapping an area remotely (fluorescence mapping).

Imaging and Sensing for Archaeology, Art History and Conservation (ISAAC)'s Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) Spectroscopy

In-house remote LIF spectrometer in action


  •  Material identification (e.g. organics and semi-conductors)


LIF spectroscopy for material identification


(a) Reflectance spectral comparison between cadmium red (blue curve) and vermilion (red curve) references in oil. These pigments have similar spectral features, with their inflection points being at close wavelengths, making their distinction difficult. (b) LIF spectral comparison shows a clear difference between cadmium red and vermilion, complimenting their identification.

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