The objective of this project is a laser cleaning suitable for accurate and safe restoration of paper objects. Focus lies on the incorporation of a reliable control system, consisting of one or more suitable detectors. In order to successful introduce this technique in the paper conservation world, it is necessary to define the boundary conditions in which lader cleaning can be safely applied fro the restoration of paper objects. The main reason for an extensive research project is that there is still insufficient knowledge of fundamental processes occurring when laser light interacts with paper and the material be removed. The research comprises of a systematic study focusing on a selection of paper and dirt materials. The initial work will focus on the definition of conservation problems that cannot be treated in a conventional way. On the basis of these problems, certain categories of paper and dirt material will be selected. Subsequently, a choice of experimental parameters, like laser wave length and influence, will be systematically varied.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards
28470 Cercedilla - Madrid