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

  • Beatrice Bentivoglio-Ravasio | beatrice.bentivoglio@beniculturali.it Direzione Regionale per i Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici della Lombardia, Italy.
  • Emanuele Marconi Direzione Regionale per i Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici della Lombardia, Italy.
  • Leonardo Trotta Direzione Regionale per i Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici della Lombardia, Italy.
  • Diego Dreossi Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy.
  • Nicola Sodini Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy.
  • Lucia Mancini Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy.
  • Franco Zanini Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy.
  • Camillo Tonini Fondazione Musei Civici Veneziani, Italy.

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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2011-08-20
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cultural heritage, musical instruments, xylophages, x-ray imaging.
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Bentivoglio-Ravasio, B., Marconi, E., Trotta, L., Dreossi, D., Sodini, N., Mancini, L., Zanini, F., & Tonini, C. (2011). Synchrotron radiation microtomography of musical instruments: a non-destructive monitoring technique for insect infestations. Journal of Entomological and Acarological Research, 43(2), 149-155. https://doi.org/10.4081/jear.2011.149