Just published “Cultural Artifacts in Terahertz Light“. Patricia Daukantas interviewed CHSOS to get our opinion on this relatively new methodology and its application for the examination of works of art and archaeology.
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Cultural Heritage scientists need methodologies to examine Art and Archaeology in order to understand artistic materials and techniques and devise better conservation procedures. This article discusses the most successful and promising applications of Terahertz (THz) technology in Cultural Heritage Science.
Patricia Daukantas, Cultural Artifacts in Terahertz Light, Optics and Photonics News, March 2018
“We are always looking for methods that are non-contact, non-invasive,” says Antonino Cosentino, an Italian physicist and owner of Cultural Heritage Science Open Source (CHSOS), a consulting firm offering instruction in terahertz imaging and other optical technologies. “It is better not to take samples from our precious Mona Lisa.”
Bridging science and the arts
“What I’ve been doing is this kind of a bridge, bringing the academic background I have to the art sector,” says Cosentino, the CHSOS director. A physicist who has worked at DTU and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA, Cosentino offers classes in various types of imaging and spectroscopy to art professionals, archaeologists and scientists involved in historic preservation.
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