(Received 20 December 1976; accepted 25 January 1977)
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Comparison of glass fragments in forensic work is commonly done by measurements of refractive index and density. These methods are particularly well-suited for flat glass such as in windows. Further differentiation has been shown feasible by elemental analysis. Neutron activation analysis (NAA) , spark source mass spectrometry (SSMS) , and energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDX)  have all been successful in differentiating window glasses having identical physical properties.
Research chemist, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, D.C.,
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