Use of hyperspectral imaging for artwork evaluation

Adam Polak, Stephen Marshall, David J.M. Stothard

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An integrated, low-noise, laser-based, active hyperspectral imaging system with built-in signal processing capabilities for decision making purposes is a highly desirable tool for spectroscopic analysis & detection. This system would enable the automatic detection and identification of a diverse range of substances based on their spectral markers. In this project, we are investigating the feasibility of designing and implementing such a system for application to the challenge of analysing and authenticating artwork. There are many potential uses of such technology in the arts, including: forgery detection, conservation, restoration and fundamental art history research. Commercialised, mid-infrared operating hyperspectral imager is studied in close collaboration between Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics and the Centre for Excellence in Signal and Image Processing at the University of Strathclyde. This feasibility study seek for hardware improvements allowing further noise reduction as well as integration of current technology with signal and image processing capability and automated spectral analysis leading to demonstrate an application-specific automated platform for artwork evaluation.The outcomes of this project will guide the design and implementation of the next generation of hyperspectral imagers for applications in the art world and beyond.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusUnpublished - 2015
EventCDT Applied Photonics Annual Conference - Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jun 201526 Jun 2015


ConferenceCDT Applied Photonics Annual Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • hyperspectral imaging
  • artwork
  • photonics


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