Nondestructive testing of objects from cultural heritage with NMR

Maria Baias, B. Blümich

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Our world heritage is constantly facing the risk of being lost, either to severe weather conditions, chemical or biological attack, mishandling by conservators, inappropriate storage conditions, or even destruction by war. Science can provide the necessary tools for analyzing the objects of cultural heritage, assessing their state of conservation, and proposing suitable methods and strategies for preserving them for future generations. Nondestructive testing by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) in this area of research is relatively new. It was made possible by the development of portable single-sided NMR sensors capable of recording NMR signals from samples that are exterior to the magnet. Nondestructibility and mobility are the two main features identifying mobile NMR as an essential tool for cultural heritage research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationModern Magnetic Resonance
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783319283883
ISBN (Print)9783319283876
StatePublished - Jun 13 2018


  • Art conservation
  • Conservation science
  • Cultural heritage
  • Mobile NMR
  • Unilateral NMR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • General Medicine
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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