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MeSH Terms

Spectrum Analysis, Raman

Subject: LCSH

Raman spectroscopy, Bloodstains, Body fluids


Forensic Science and Technology


Raman spectroscopy is fast becoming a popular technique in the forensic science discipline, and more recently its focus has turned to biological samples. This study reveals the ability of Raman spectroscopy to identify some forensically relevant body fluids, both individually and within mixed samples, that can be crucial in some forensic investigations. This study also further demonstrates the capabilities of Raman as a means for human blood identification in simulated crime scene samples to include bloodstains on a variety of fabrics, at varying dilutions, following laundering, and with the use of various blood-enhancement reagents. The impact of washing and blood-enhancement reagents reveals the importance of the choice of method and its bearing on subsequent Raman analysis.


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Publisher Citation

Schlagetter, T., Kammrath, B. W., & Glynn, C. L. (2017). The Use of Raman Spectroscopy for the Identification of Forensically Relevant Body Fluid Stains. Spectroscopy, 32 (12): 19-24.