Pulsed laser cleaning: comparing science with art and cultural heritage applications

D. M. Kane, A. J J Fernandes

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Laser cleaning research at Macquarie University has concentrated on a "hard science" approach to research and development of processes for optics and microphotonics applications (removing contaminants from optical materials). In more recent times we have carried out pulsed laser cleaning and processing studies for conservation of articles from Indigenous Australian cultural heritage. This paper introduces our research on laser cleaning of optical materials using UV pulsed lasers, and related surface modification and laser processing outcomes. It then introduces and reports some results from the laser conservation studies along with discussion of how activity in these two contrasting areas have informed our approach to the laser conservation studies, and vice versa.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHigh-power laser ablation VII
EditorsClaude R. Phipps
Place of PublicationBellingham, Washington
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780819472069
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventHigh-Power Laser Ablation VII - Taos, NM, United States
Duration: 20 Apr 200824 Apr 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherHigh-Power Laser Ablation VII
CountryUnited States
CityTaos, NM


  • Laser cleaning
  • Laser conservation
  • Laser processing


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