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Activation Analysis—An Aid to Forensic Investigations

Authors
Journal
Journal of the Forensic Science Society
0015-7368
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
4
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0015-7368(63)70144-7
Disciplines
  • Criminology

Abstract

Activation analysis is a technique which can be sensitive, specific, rapid and often non-destructive. It is based on nuclear transmutations whereby individual induced radioactivities can be related quantitatively to the amounts of the parent elements in an unknown sample. This technique has found, several applications in forensic science but its potential uses have not been widely exploited. Apart from the well-known method of arsenic determination, activation analysis has been mainly used as a means of sample identification through characteristic trace element “patterns”.

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