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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $414,145)
The goal of this project is the assembly of a comprehensive (approximately 8500 samples), vetted, computer searchable library of DART mass spectra of the inks in the United State Secret Service (USSS) International Ink Library. The DART library will be made available to forensic scientists.
The goal of this project is to complete a computer-searchable library of DART (Direct Analysis in Real Time) spectra of inks. DART has been shown to be superior to traditional methods for ink analysis in its ability to discriminate among inks, as well as in its speed of analysis and in the minimum effect on the document under analysis. The searchable library, used in conjunction with the DART assay, will result in an improved tool for analysis of inks in questioned documents. This method will result in a reduction in examination time, which will in turn reduce backlogs of untested evidence.