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ASTM WK86785

New Guide for Forensic Analysis of Explosives By Polarized Light Microscopy

1. Scope

This standard addresses the use of polarized light microscopy (PLM) to identify explosive-related compounds from intact explosives and post-blast residues containing unconsumed explosive compounds or their solid reaction products, and to isolate them for further analysis.


microcrystal; crystallographic properties; oxidizer


Currently there are no other standards that address PLM of explosives. This standard is designed to assist the analyst using polarized light microscopy for the examination of test samples for the presence of explosives.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: E30.01

Committee: E30

Staff Manager: Brian Milewski

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Date Initiated: 06-13-2023

Technical Contact: William Randle

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