Raman spectroscopy of the photosensitive pigment Prussian blue

Moretti, Giulia; Gervais Wüst, Claire Justine (2018). Raman spectroscopy of the photosensitive pigment Prussian blue WILEY Journal of Raman spectroscopy, 49(7), pp. 1198-1204. Wiley 10.1002/jrs.5366

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Prussian blue is a pigment highly sensitive to electromagnetic radiation, visible light included. This photosensitivity, associated with a complex redox behavior, causes a vulnerability even to Raman lasers, with the possibility of sample alteration or irreversible damage. In this study, we systematically explored the influence of the laser wavelength and laser power on different types of Prussian blue pigments, soluble and insoluble. The use of different laser wavelengths does not influence the position of the characteristic peak, though it affects the signal‐to‐noise ratio. The latter can be improved by increasing the number of accumulations and/or the acquisition time. Furthermore, we evaluated a safe level of Raman laser excitation or “safe zone” with laser power between 0.005 and 0.06 mW, where Raman analysis can be performed without laser‐induced artifacts or damage for the sample. These artifacts may affect the characteristic spectral signature of the two different Prussian blue, leading to a wrong identification of the pigments. Moreover, artifacts can also hide features arisen from fading in objects presenting non‐visible alterations of Prussian blue. Prussian blue is a highly photosensitive pigment and its integrity can be affected by Raman lasers. We thus evaluated a safe level of Raman laser excitation or “safe zone” (0.005 – 0.06 mW) where Raman analysis can be performed without laser‐induced artifacts or damage for the sample. These artifacts may affect characteristic spectral signatures of different Prussian blues. The use of different laser wavelengths does not influence the position of the characteristic peak, though it affects the signal‐to‐noise ratio.

Item Type:

Newspaper or Magazine Article

Division/Institute:

Bern Academy of the Arts
Bern Academy of the Arts > Institute Materiality in Art and Culture

Name:

Moretti, Giulia and
Gervais Wüst, Claire Justine

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

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Date Deposited:

09 Oct 2019 11:33

Last Modified:

07 Oct 2020 11:21

Publisher DOI:

10.1002/jrs.5366

Uncontrolled Keywords:

photosensitivity, pigment, Prussian blue, radiation damage, Raman Spectroscop

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.5546

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/5546

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