Holographic testing of possible mechanical effects of laser cleaning on the structure of model fresco samples

Zs Márton, I. Kisapáti, Á Török, V. Tornari, E. Bernikola, K. Melessanaki, P. Pouli

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Custom-made fresco samples covered in artificial crust were laser cleaned, and the consequent mechanical effects were tested with digital holographic speckle pattern interferometry (DHSPI). DHSPI proved capable of detecting the structural alterations in the fresco. It was shown that the laser cleaning process caused no structural damage to the intact samples and has not worsen the damages in case such were originally present. Quantitative evaluation of the fringe patterns revealed that the potential risk of laser cleaning is negligible on the mechanical structure of the frescos. Consolidation with Remmers KSE 300 has improved the laser cleaning efficiency in the UV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-59
Number of pages7
JournalNDT and E International
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2014



  • Cultural heritage
  • Fresco
  • Holography
  • Interferometry
  • Laser cleaning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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