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Optical spectroscopy

Optical spectroscopy

Our research focuses on the use of absorption, fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy in a variety of application domains from the measurement of the quality of food (vegetables and fruits), the quality of lubricant oils, the sorting of recycled plastics, the investigation of archaeological glasses and of restorations of old paintings to the authentication of historic stained glass windows. The latter activity is in close collaboration with the SKAR/MARI Art Sciences and Archaeology group and the MACH/SURF Materials and Chemistry group of the VUB. The team aims at developing hand-held, low-cost instrumentation for these and other applications to allow trained people to perform in-situ measurements.


Wendy Meulebroeck Wendy Meulebroeck
+32 2 629 34 51

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Latest publications

  • A. Ceglia et al., “Cobalt absorption bands for the differentiation of historical Na and Ca/K rich glass,” SURFACE AND INTERFACE ANALYSIS, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 219–226, 2012.

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  • W. Meulebroeck, Y. Meuret, S. Heyvaert, and H. Thienpont, “The experimental characterization of the absorption and scatter properties of photopolymers,” presented at the Proc. SPIE, Photonics Europe 2012, 2012, vol. 8439, p. 84391Z.

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  • W. Meulebroeck and H. Thienpont, “The study of vegetation indices for the monitoring of differences in chlorophyll and carotenoid composition in green vegetables,” presented at the Proc. SPIE, Photonics Europe 2012, 2012, vol. 8439, p. 843920.

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  • H. Wouters et al., “Lost transparency! Weathering phenomena on the archaeological window glass collection of the Cistercian Abbey of the Dunes – Koksijde,” presented at the Proc. SPIE, Integrated Approaches to the study of historical glass - IAS12, 2012, vol. 8422, p. 84220D.

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Hugo Thienpont
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Nadia Cornand

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