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NCJ Number: NCJ 181045   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
Title: Application of Static Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry to Trace Evidence Analysis
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Author(s): Gary S. Groenewold ; Garold L. Gresham ; Recep Avci
Corporate Author: Idaho National Engineering Laboratory
EG&G Idaho, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 107
  Annotation: This study assesses the efficacy of static secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) for providing highly specific chemical characterization of trace evidence samples.
Abstract: Samples coated with automotive paint and with nail polishes could be distinguished on the basis of their SIMS spectra, provided the data were reduced using multivariate analysis techniques. Hair samples could be readily characterized in terms of the consumer chemicals present on the surface, namely soap and softener chemicals. Heroin and cocaine could be readily detected on fiber surfaces using SIMS. The study describes methods for analyzing hair and fiber samples. The SIMS technique has the potential to provide a chemical-specific characterization for a variety of trace evidence characterizations. Use of the technique is limited by the high cost of instrumentation and data interpretation and by the level of expertise required for routine operation. Figures, tables, references
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Crime Laboratories (Crime Labs) ; Spectroscopy ; Testing and measurement ; Trace evidence ; Crime laboratory equipment ; Evidence identification and analysis ; Paint analysis ; Hair and fiber analysis ; Data analysis
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 97-IJ-CX-A050
Publication Number: INEEL/EXT-99-00955;
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
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Type: Report (Technical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: Project Number 7-9192-ID-IJ, Non-Technical Summary Included
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