Scanning Microscopy


The laser microprobe has many features which would seem to make it an ideal tool for analysis of art objects. These include high spatial resolution, extremely small sample requirements, a wide variety of possible elements for analysis over a large dynamic range of concentrations and capability of sampling a variety of sizes and shapes. Problems of surface damage, spectral insensitivity, and poor accuracy and precision had limited the applicability of this technique in the past. Following a systematic study of these limitations, improved performance has been achieved. In addition, a mathematical model of the sampling process has been developed in an effort towards generating elemental depth profiles.

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