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Polarized Light Microscopy for Conservators: A Fast, Powerful and Economical Analytical Tool 

Presented by: Joe Barabe; Senior Research Microscopist and principal, Barabe & Associates LLC.

Friday, March 24, 2023: 5:00pm PDT / 8:00pm EDT

Analytical instrumentation for conservation continues to grow at a rapid rate but polarized light microscopy (PLM) remains a valued tool. In knowledgeable hands, PLM rapidly provides a wide range of high-quality information at minimal cost. This talk will show you what information PLM provides (and doesn’t), how it works, how to get started, how to assemble a reference collection, how to conduct a few microchemical tests, and other issues, illustrated by fun and informative case studies.
Practical Science for Conservators is an informal, educational, monthly (haha) Zoom series on chemistry and scientific fundamentals as applied to conservation. Our sessions begin with short presentations followed by discussion. The goal is to bridge the gap between scientific fundamentals and practical conservation application. Targeting conservators of all skill and education levels, presentations are delivered in a relaxed, informal environment that's a blend of graduate seminar, office hours, and Friday night get-together.

This free series is open to all conservators, conservation scientists, and conservation students. Zoom will open Friday at 5:00pm PDT (8:00pm EDT; 9:00pm Brazil; 1:00am Western European; 2:00am Central European; 10:00am Saturday Australia; noon New Zealand) with presentations starting at 5:10pm PDT.

Friday, March 24. 2023 5:00 PM (PDT)
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