Session S55a (Monday, 5:15pm, Willaman Gateway)

P331: Determining art authenticity using Raman spectroscopy: An undergraduate analytical laboratory experiment

Sara Nielsen, Jonathan Scaffidi, Ellen Yezierski (Miami University, USA)

Raman spectroscopy is a frequently used tool in the fields of art and archaeology and typically employed to detect forgeries and determine the composition of paintings and artifacts.  Undergraduate students learning about spectroscopy often do not understand the practical applications of the instruments.  With this inquiry-based laboratory experience students investigate simulated “authentic” and “forged” paintings, distinguishable only by the differences in their Raman spectra.  Students learn how to use instrumentation, the theory and practice of Raman spectroscopy and the value of this technique to scientists, art historians, archaeologists, and museum curators.

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