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Talanta. 2009 Nov 15;80(1):286-93. doi: 10.1016/j.talanta.2009.06.063. Epub 2009 Jul 4.

Excitation emission and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy of selected varnishes used in historical musical instruments.

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Dipartimento di Fisica, ULTRAS-CNR-INFM and IFN-CNR, Politecnico di Milano, I-20133 Milan, Italy. austinnevin@gmail.com

Abstract

The analysis of various varnishes from different origins, which are commonly found on historical musical instruments was carried out for the first time with both fluorescence excitation emission spectroscopy and laser-induced time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. Samples studied include varnishes prepared using shellac, and selected diterpenoid and triterpenoid resins from plants, and mixtures of these materials. Fluorescence excitation emission spectra have been collected from films of naturally aged varnishes. In parallel, time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy of varnishes provides means for discriminating between short- (less than 2.0 ns) and long-lived (greater than 7.5 ns) fluorescence emissions in each of these complex materials. Results suggest that complementary use of the two non destructive techniques allows a better understanding of the main fluorophores responsible for the emission in shellac, and further provides means for distinguishing the main classes of other varnishes based on differences in fluorescence lifetime behaviour. Spectrofluorimetric data and time resolved spectra presented here may form the basis for the interpretation of results from future in situ fluorescence examination and time resolved fluorescence imaging of varnished musical instruments.

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19782228
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10.1016/j.talanta.2009.06.063
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