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Synchrotron radiation microtomography of musical instruments: a non-destructive monitoring technique for insect infestations

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Author(s): Beatrice Bentivoglio-Ravasio | Emanuele Marconi | Leonardo Trotta | Diego Dreossi | Nicola Sodini | Lucia Mancini | Franco Zanini | Camillo Tonini

Journal: Journal of Entomological and Acarological Research
ISSN 2038-324X

Volume: 43;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 149;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: cultural heritage | musical instruments | xylophages | x-ray imaging.

ABSTRACT
X-ray computed tomography is becoming a common technique for the structural analysis of samples of cultural relevance, providing luthiers, art historians, conservators and restorators with a unique tool for the characterization of musical instruments. Synchrotron-radiation phase-contrast microtomography is an ideal technique for the non-destructive 3D analysis of samples where small lowabsorbing details such as larvae and eggs can be detected. We report results from the first feasibility studies performed at the Elettra synchrotron laboratory, where the 1494 organ by Lorenzo Gusnasco da Pavia has been studied. Together with important information about the structural conditions, the presence of xylophages could be detected and characterized.
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