Raman Spectroscopic Study on Decorative Glasses in Thailand
Glasses have been used as decorative objects in Thailand for several hundred years. Decorative glasses can generally be seen as architectural components in old styled palaces and Buddhist objects. There were various colors ranging from transparent to amber, blue, green and red with different shades among glass of different colors. Fragments of archaeological glass samples were characterized for the first time using Raman microscopy with the aim of obtaining information that would lead to identification of the glass samples by means of laser scattering. The samples were also investigated using other techniques, such as particle induced X-ray emission spectroscopy and scanning electron microscope operated with energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometer. They were mostly lead-silica based glasses. The colors resulted from metal ions. The difference in chemical composition was confirmed by Raman signature spectra.
Maher Soueidan, Mohamad Roumié and Pierre Masri
K. Won-In et al., "Raman Spectroscopic Study on Decorative Glasses in Thailand", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 324, pp. 501-504, 2011