Volume 20, Issue 2 (April 1975)

    A Photoluminescence Technique for Detection of Gunshot Residue

    (Received 1 July 1974; accepted 27 August 1974)

    Published Online: April

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    When a suspect has been apprehended following a shooting, detection of gunshot residue on his hands may provide significant evidence in the investigation. The determination of the firing distance (distance from weapon to target) by the distribution of gunshot residue around a bullet hole is also useful in various gunshot investigations. We describe here the results of a preliminary study of the application of photoluminescence techniques to gunshot residue detection. The key objective in this study was to develop a rapid, reliable, and convenient method of detection for use in the crime laboratory.


    Author Information:

    Jones, PF
    Head and Research Assistant, The Aerospace Corp., El Segundo, Calif.

    Nesbitt, RS
    Head and Research Assistant, The Aerospace Corp., El Segundo, Calif.


    Stock #: JFS10269J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10269J

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    Title A Photoluminescence Technique for Detection of Gunshot Residue
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30