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Pseudo-color enhanced x-ray fluorescence imaging of the Archimedes Palimpsest
Author(s): Uwe Bergmann; Keith T. Knox
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Paper Abstract

A combination of x-ray fluorescence and image processing has been shown to recover text characters written in iron gall ink on parchment, even when obscured by gold paint. Several leaves of the Archimedes Palimpsest were imaged using rapid-scan, x-ray fluorescence imaging performed at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. A simple linear show-through model is shown to successfully separate different layers of text in the x-ray images, making the text easier to read by the scholars.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 January 2009
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7247, Document Recognition and Retrieval XVI, 724702 (19 January 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.806053
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Uwe Bergmann, SLAC National Accelerator Lab. (United States)
Keith T. Knox, Boeing LTS (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7247:
Document Recognition and Retrieval XVI
Kathrin Berkner; Laurence Likforman-Sulem, Editor(s)

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