TECHNIQUES

Polarized Light Microscopy

Polarized light microscopy is a powerful technique used in the analysis and identification of small samples composed of pigments, fibers, and minerals.  Properties including color, size, refractive index, pleochroism, crystallinity, morphology, and birefringence reveal characteristics of a sample that are used to identify the materials present.

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Scanning Electron Microscopy

Scanning electron microscopy used in conjunction with an energy dispersive x-ray spectrometer (SEM/EDS) can provide high magnification imaging of a sample to show crystalline structure and it also provides elemental composition data for the sample.

>>more information about SEM

We'd Love to Hear From You

If you would like further information on the scientific analysis of artwork and how it might be able to help you, please use the form below to send us a message. The procedure for having artwork analyzed is to first submit background information about the artwork along with a photograph(s) and what you are trying to determine about the artwork.  We will prepare a proposal for you, outlining the scope of the analysis and an estimate of the costs involved.  All communications with the Center for Art Materials Analysis are considered confidential.

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