Imaging Mass Spectrometry with a Low-Temperature Plasma Probe for the Analysis of Works of Art


  • This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 20875053) and the MOST (No. 2008IM040600 and 2009AA03Z321).


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What a picture! Imaging mass spectrometry of seal patterns on paintings and calligraphy was achieved by using a mass spectrometric technique with a low-temperature plasma probe. The non-invasive probe can distinguish genuine seals from counterfeit examples with good spatial resolution.