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Infrared-light technology gets funding boost

Technology could foresee deterioration of artworks

A £600,000 grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will enable scientists from Nottingham Trent University to develop a new non-invasive tool for conservators. Originally developed for the medical field, Optical Coherence Technology uses infrared light to penetrate an object’s inner structural layer and produce a three-dimensional image. The team hopes the technology can be used to detect signs of deterioration before they become a bigger problem.