Viktoriya AtanasovaVictoria T. Atanassova, PhD student

vatanassova (at) issp (dot) bas (dot) bg, viki.atanassova (at) gmail (dot) com

Born in September 8, 1987, Sofia, Bulgaria

Recieved her M.Sc. degree in physics (quantum electronics and laser physics) from Sofia University in 2012

Title of M.S. thesis: "Restoration of Cultural Heritage monuments by using Copper Bromide metal vapour laser" (in bulgarian)


Received her PhD degree in Laboratory of Metal Vapor Lasers, Institute of Solid State Physics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in 2017.

Title of PhD thesis: Copper bromide vapour laser application for restoration of cultural heritage monuments

Present field of research: Application of lasers for Cultural Heritage preservation

Other research interests: laser sources, laser - matter interaction, medical and industrial applications of lasers, transfer of laser technology to industry, etc.

Foreign languages: English


  1. V. Atanassova, K. Dimitrov and M. Grozeva, Copper bromide laser in cultural heritage monuments restoration, Proceedings of the Third Balkan Symposium on Archaeometry: The Unknown Face of the Artwork, 2012, Bucharest, pp. 74-78, ISBN - 13 978-973-88109-9-0, (2012)
  2. V. Atanassova, S. Karatodorov, G. Yankov, P. Zahariev, E. Tzvetkova, Laser-Induced Fluorescence Spectroscopy – a Contemporary Approach to Cultural Heritage, Advances in Bulgarian Science, pp. 5-10, ISSN 1312-6164, (2014)
  3. V. Atanasova, G. Yankov, P. Zahariev, Laser-Induced Fluorescence Spectroscopy – an Archaeometric Approach, Bulgarian e-Journal of Archaeology, Supplementum 3, pp. 65-74, ISBN 978-619-90156-2-9, (2014)
  4. V. Atanassova, M. Grozeva, K. Dimitrov, Laser cleaning in conservation – principles and possibilities, Bulgarian e-Journal of Archaeology, Supplementum 3, pp 75-84, ISBN 978-619-90156-2-9, (2014)
  5. Victoria Atanassova ; Ivan Kostadinov ; Peter Zahariev ; Margarita Grozeva and Ilko Miloushev, Laser cleaning of graffiti on stone, Proc. SPIE 10226, 19th International Conference and School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications, 102260A (January 5, 2017); doi:10.1117/12.2262668 (SJR – 0.226)
  6. Victoria Atanassova, Ivan Kostadinov, Margarita Grozeva, Laser Cleaning of Different Surfaces by Copper Bromide Vapour Laser: Application for Cultural Heritage Preservation, Compt. rend. Acad. bulg. Sci., 70, No 8, pp 1079-1088, 2017, (IF – 0.251)
  7. Victoria Atanassova, Laser cleaning of graffiti spray paints on marble, limestone and granite, chapter in book “Graffiti: Vandalism, Street Art and Cultural Significance”, Editors: X. Paradis and M. Matthew, Nova Publishers, Inc., pp. 117-143, 2018, ISBN: 978-1-53613-499-5.
  8. Victoria Atanassova, Ivan Kostadinov, Peter Zahariev, Margarita Grozeva, Laser Assisted Removal of Graffiti Paints on Stone: Potential for Restoration of Cultural Heritage Monuments, Proceedings of the Fifth Balkan Symposium on Archaeometry, 26 – 29 September 2016, Sinaia, Romania, accepted for publication in May 2017.
  9. Victoria Atanassova, Ivan Kostadinov, Georgi Yankov, Peter Zahariev, Margarita Grozeva, Laser treatment of contaminations on paper: a preliminary study, Proceedings of APLAR 6, 14 – 16 September 2017, Florence, Italy, accepted for publication in October 2017.