Microfade Spectrometry (or MFT)

ISAAC lab is equipped with an in-house built instrument that is used for automated in situ lightfastness measurements on an artwork by monitoring the reflectance spectra and colour while fading a tiny sub-mm spot at high light intensity. The instrument works in retro-reflection mode.


  • evidence-based risk assessments for the display of light-sensitive artworks.

In-house built microfade spectrometer

Imaging and Sensing for Archaeology, Art History and Conservation (ISAAC)'s Microfade Specifications