Institute of Applied Physics "Nello Carrara" of the National Research Council (IFAC-CNR)

The “Integrated Spectroscopic Techniques for the Non-invasive Diagnostics of Cultural Properties” Research Group of the Institute of Applied Physics "Nello Carrara" of the National Research Council (IFAC-CNR) is coordinated by Marcello Picollo.  The team was the first worldwide to use optical fibers for non-invasive in situ measurements (the first investigations were carried out on the frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel in 1983-84 in view of the subsequent restoration). The used technique (FORS - Fiber Optic Reflectance Spectroscopy) was then developed and diffused all over Italy and abroad.

The research group also occupies positions of prominence at international level with regard to the development and application of hyperspectral scanner, for the study of painting techniques and materials present on polychrome surfaces, and of systems that use microwaves for the conservation of Cultural Heritage. Since 1994 the group was involved in several national and international research projects aimed to monitoring the museum environment. Particular attention was paid to the interaction between light and artworks.

People involved in the CoPAC project are:
  • Marcello Picollo (Researcher)
  • Roberto Olmi (Researcher)
  • Daniela Mugnai (Researcher)
  • Costanza Cucci (Researcher)
  • Lorenzo Stefani (Technician)
  • Marco Poggesi (Technician)
  • Giovanni Bartolozzi (Fellow IFAC-CNR)
  • Filippo Micheletti (Fellow IFAC-CNR)
  • Veronica Marchiafava (PhD student, associated IFAC-CNR)