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Vibrational Spectroscopy: The New Horizon for Gunshot Residue Analysis (Chapter 2 of Forensic Analysis of Gunshot Residue, 3D-Printed Firearms, and Gunshot Injuries: Current Research and Future Perspectives)

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January 2019
186 pages

This book discusses groundbreaking research on gunshot residue analysis and wound ballistics.


This book looks at the current state of research in gunshot residue analysis and wound ballistics. The book is primarily geared toward forensic researchers and practitioners, however others who are interested in current developments in forensic science may find it informative and useful. It discusses recent technological advancements such as high-resolution 3D-printings, improvements in instrumental techniques including Raman Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry, and improvements in simulation capabilities for ballistic wounding potential. The authors of the book discuss the evolution of new fields of study thanks to those recent technological advancements; the ramifications of the availability of 3D-printed firearms as well as potential protocol adaptations to address the unique challenges presented by this issue; they also provide evaluations of new and existing forensic methods on trace analysis of gunshot residue (GSR) and fingerprinting.

Date Published: January 1, 2019