A selection of corroded, painted and lacquered metals have been subjected to high-powered,
pulsed TEA C02-laser radiation to investigate self-limiting cleaning and
treatment processes. Changes in the surface chemistry were observed and recorded
using a variety of surface analysis techniques including X-ray Powder Diffraction,
Auger Electron Spectroscopy and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. Changes in
surface appearance were recorded using colour macro-photography and Scanning
Electron Microscopy. The effects of both plasma and sub-plasma laser fluences were
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.