This book provides practical information on the use of infrared spectroscopy for the analysis of materials found in cultural objects. Designed for scientists and students in the fields of archaeology, art conservation, microscopy, forensics, chemistry, and optics, the book discusses techniques for examining the microscopic amounts of complex, aged components in objects such as paintings, sculptures, and archaeological fragments.
Chapters include the history of infrared spectroscopy, the basic parameters of infrared absorption theory, IR instrumentation, analysis methods, sample collection and preparation, and spectra interpretation. The authors cite several case studies, such as examinations of Chumash Indian paints and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Michele R. Derrick is a conservation science consultant and was formerly a scientist with the Getty Conservation Institute. Dusan C. Stulik is a senior scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute. James M. Landry is professor of chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Loyola Marymount University.