Rapid Microscopic Identification of Synthetic Fibers in a Single Liquid Mount

    Volume 27, Issue 2 (April 1982)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 April 1982

    Page Count: 7


    Fong, W
    Criminalist, Laboratory of Criminalistics, Santa Clara County, San Jose, CA

    (Received 14 May 1981; accepted 16 September 1981)

    Abstract

    Most natural fibers are either cellulosic or proteinaceous and can be identified readily by unique morphological features. Synthetic fibers, on the other hand, vary only slightly in shape characteristics. They can, however, because of great compositional differences, be distinguished by their refractive indices, which can often be determined by dispersion staining. A simple scheme is proposed using this technique on fibers mounted in Cargille high-dispersion liquid (index of refraction for 25¼ and sodium light equal to 1.525).


    Paper ID: JFS11480J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11480J

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    Title Rapid Microscopic Identification of Synthetic Fibers in a Single Liquid Mount
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    Committee E30