Volume 27, Issue 2 (April 1982)

    Rapid Microscopic Identification of Synthetic Fibers in a Single Liquid Mount

    (Received 14 May 1981; accepted 16 September 1981)

    Published Online: April

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    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).


    Author Information:

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


    Stock #: JFS11480J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11480J

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    Title Rapid Microscopic Identification of Synthetic Fibers in a Single Liquid Mount
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30