A2 Technologies handheld Exoscan FTIR spectrometer is gaining acceptance with scientists and researchers involved the conservation, restoration and authentication of art and historical objects.
The technology is currently being used to analyse a wide range of priceless objects including fine art, murals, illuminated manuscripts, historic photographs, ancient pottery, statuary, tapestries, tiles and mosaics.
The Exoscan system has the ability to rapidly change sampling interfaces to meet the need of the analysis and the compact size of the system is an advantage for the study of such objects.
The handheld Exoscan FTIR system can be used equally effectively in lab environments and in the field, enabling researchers to bring the spectrometer to the object, or to the site of the object.
The system can be used in any orientation and has an on-board lightweight power source.
FTIR is a non-destructive analysis method and the ability to bring the analyser to the sample means that even small sample particles need not be removed for analysis.
For samples that must not be touched during analysis, non-contact reflection sampling interfaces are available.
The Exoscan technology is capable of identifying natural and synthetic organic and inorganic pigments, colourants and dyes, siccative binders, lacquers, resins, coatings, adhesives, fibres and so on.
The system is being used for determining the effect of ageing including damage caused by UV, thermal and environmental pollution, and supports the cleaning and restoration processes for rare and historical objects.