4.5. In Situ Crime Scene Analysis

  1. John M. Chalmers3,
  2. Howell G. M. Edwards4 and
  3. Michael D. Hargreaves5
  1. Edward G. Bartick

Published Online: 10 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119962328.ch4e

Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy in Forensic Science

Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy in Forensic Science

How to Cite

Bartick, E. G. (2012) In Situ Crime Scene Analysis, in Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy in Forensic Science (eds J. M. Chalmers, H. G. M. Edwards and M. D. Hargreaves), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119962328.ch4e

Editor Information

  1. 3

    VS Consulting, Stokesley, UK

  2. 4

    Chemical and Forensic Sciences, School of Life Sciences, University of Bradford, Bradford, UK

  3. 5

    Thermo Scientific Portable Optical Analyzers, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Wilmington, USA

Author Information

  1. FBI Laboratory – Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit, Boston, USA

  1. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Suffolk University, Boston, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 JAN 2012
  2. Published Print: 10 FEB 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470749067

Online ISBN: 9781119962328



  • in situ crime scene analysis;
  • The Daubert Ruling of the US Federal Court, and use of physical evidence;
  • IR and Raman spectroscopy, forensic analysis of drugs, explosives;
  • interfering fluorescence on spectra, mid-IR spectroscopy more desirable;
  • detection techniques and false positive rate, on how often a substance tests positive;
  • GHB, central nervous system depressant, euphoric, aphrodisiac effects;
  • Raman spectroscopy, in positive identification of methamphetamine;
  • Raman analysis of liquids, and determination of production method;
  • portable and handheld spectrometers, being the current goal;
  • portable instrumentation, obtaining crime scene information in timely manner


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Instrumentation

  • Applications

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgements

  • References