Forensic Microscopy: Truth Under the Lenses provides an overview and understanding of the various types of microscopes and their techniques employed in forensic science. The book emphasizes both the theoretical and practical aspects of microscopy to enrich the reader’s understanding of the various tools, techniques, and utility—including strengths and weaknesses—of types of microscopes in analyzing certain forms of evidence.
The book begins with the history of microscopes, the basic optics for microscopy, then moves to advanced microscopies such as electron microscopes and atomic force microscopes. In addition to the various types of microscopes and how to use and best utilize them, the book looks at the analysis of specific types of evidence, including hair, fiber, fingerprint, body fluids, tool marks, ink, pollen grains, spores, diatoms, bullets, cartridges, among other evidence types. Since forensic science is an applied, hands-on discipline, the book includes both a theoretical and a practical approach to the topic.
- Addresses simple to advanced microscopy techniques for the effective analyses of trace evidence
- Pairs chapters on a particular type of microscopy, explaining it thoroughly, before delving into specific usage for forensic applications
- Presents theories and as well as real-world application of concepts
- Provides abundant micro-photographs, including graphical representations and flow charts, to illustrate concepts clearly
Forensic Microscopy serves as a helpful reference for undergraduate and postgraduate students in forensic science, forensic biology, forensic chemistry and related programs. It is also recommended for research students, academicians, technicians, industry and laboratory professionals working on trace evidence analysis.
1: Introduction to Microscopy 2: Optical Components of a Light Microscope 3: Introduction to Simple (Handheld) Microscopes 4: Forensic Applications of Simple (Handheld) Microscopes 5: Introduction to Compound Microscope 6: Forensic Applications of Compound Microscope 7: Introduction to Comparison Microscope 8: Forensic Applications of Comparison Microscope 9: Introduction to Fluorescence Microscope 10: Forensic Applications of Fluorescence Microscope 11: Introduction to Stereo Microscope 12: Forensic Applications of Stereo Microscope 13: Introduction to Polarized Light Microscope 14: Forensic Applications of Polarized Microscope 15: Introduction to Dark-field Microscope 16: Forensic Applications of Darkfield Microscope 17: Introduction to Phase-Contrast Microscope 18: Forensic Applications of Phase-Contrast Microscope 19: Introduction to Electron Microscope 20: Forensic Applications of Electron Microscope 21: Introduction to Atomic Force Microscope: Basc Concepts and Applications 22: Forensic Applications of Atomic Force Microscope 23: Forensic Histopathology