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The use of analytical instrumentation to reveal the smallest traces of evidence plays a key role in today's forensic laboratories. Full chain of custody and data control is also desired across all stages of the process. Dependable instrument validation procedures are needed to support the reliability of data in question.





As specialists in non-destructive analysis techniques, PANalytical offers a wide variety of techniques including X-ray fluorescence (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD), near-infrared (NIR), which are widely used in the field of forensic science.

Typical applications include

  • Material type identification
  • Artefact material matching
  • Counterfeit material confirmation
  • Controlled substance identification and quantification
  • Clandestine and trafficking activity monitoring
  • Vegetation/Food/Tobacco/Soil origin identification

Enabling accurate analysis of unique samples

X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) are becoming increasingly important techniques for non-destructive routine analyses. Both techniques provide clear phase and elemental data to the forensic scientist, which is vital in criminal investigations.

PANalytical's state-of-the-art XRD and XRF systems, complete with advanced software packages and specialized databases, are used worldwide in many police departments, government forensics labs and university forensics departments. The XRD platform combines conventional powder diffraction, computed tomography (CT), micro-diffraction and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS).

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