X-Ray Fluorescence in Forensic Science
Published Online: 15 SEP 2006
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Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry
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Roux, C. and Lennard, C. 2006. X-Ray Fluorescence in Forensic Science. Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry. .
- Published Online: 15 SEP 2006
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This article describes the applications of X-ray fluorescence (XRF) as an analytical tool in forensic science, including limitations and practical aspects. The use of XRF is specifically discussed for the forensic analysis of materials of forensic interest such as metals, gunshot residues (GSR), paint, glass, soil, fibers, plastic and general polymers, and miscellaneous types of evidence. Recent developments such as micro XRF and total XRF are also described. These specialized techniques have highly desirable characteristics for the elemental profiling of a wide range of forensic samples, and hence it can be anticipated that they will find increasing use in forensic laboratories in the future.