Some experimental results of laser beam interaction with surface layer of brick

Kazimierz Rozniakowski, Piotr Klemm, Agnieszka J. Klemm

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Preservation of cultural heritage is gaining increasing attention all over the world. Restoration of ancient artwork and architecture requires even more effective cleaning techniques than are currently available. Laser cleaning appears to be a suitable method for removing surface contaminants from porous materials like masonry. This paper presents some effects of laser beam interaction (ruby laser, free generation regime) with clean and contaminated surface of brick which was subjected to long term exposure to atmospheric conditions. The effects of the laser beam interaction have been examined by the optical microscopy method, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis. The present research revealed the potential application of laser irradiation for cleaning of the surface layer from contaminants and possible modification of the chemical composition of cleaned surfaces.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-491
Number of pages7
JournalBuilding and Environment: the International Journal of Building Science and its Applications
Issue number4
Early online date19 Dec 2000
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2001


  • cultural heritage
  • preservation efforts
  • cleaning techniques
  • masonry
  • laser irradiation


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