DOI: 10.17586/2226-1494-2016-16-3-416-421


D. G. Fatkhullina , E. V. Zhukova, N. B. Margaryants

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For citation: Fatkhullina D.G., Zhukova E.V., Margaryants N.B. Study of ink layer by method of attenuated total reflectance spectroscopy. Scientific and Technical Journal of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics, 2016, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 416–421. doi: 10.17586/2226-1494-2016-16-3-416-421


Subject of Research.  Researchresults of thickness distribution of an ink layer smearedon a glass surface are presented. The orange ink which is used as a coloring pigment in writing instrument (highlighter) is selectedasan object of study. Method. Researches were carried out by the method of attenuated total reflectance(ATR) spectroscopy. The spectral setup fitted up on the basis of monochromator MDR-204 was usedin the experiment. The peculiarity of the measurement scheme is the applicationofhigh-resolution camera as a radiation detector and information storage as an images package. Researches allowed receivingexperimental data in the form of ink ATR spectra arrayfor studied areas of layer surface in a given spectral range. Main Results. The estimation of ink layer thickness was done, that gives the possibilityto visualize its distribution over the surface using three-dimensional modeling capabilities. The thickness of the ink layer is not more than 0.12 microns and arithmetic mean of the thickness is0.06 microns. The local areas are observed in an ink distribution, they have a maximum layer thickness (0.07-0.12 microns) or areas with the ink thickness less then 0.03 microns. Variation of the ink layer thicknessbetween the local areas is smooth. Practical Relevance. The proposed measuring scheme, the sequence of registration and processing of experimental data can be used to studyink distribution within the thickness of a surface layer of other materials,for example, in analysis of signs performed by an ink on paper medium in order to identify them in such areas of science as forensic science andstudy of art.

Keywords: attenuated total reflectance (ATR) spectroscopy, ink, high resolution camera, Dove prism, surface

Acknowledgements. The authors thank I.P. Gurov, D.Sc., Professor, for a comprehensive discussion of findings and espousal of scientific experimental initiative.


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