The Phenom desktop SEM systems are used in all-round forensic investigations and forensic analysis to perform ballistic research. All sorts of microscopic evidence can be obtained from fabrics, metals, textile or glass but also identify scratches and indents on objects.
The Phenom combines the high magnification of electron microscopy with the ease of use of optical microscopy. It provides useful magnifications up to 100,000x, and is practically as easy to use as the typical laboratory-grade optical microscopes. The use of SEM in the forensic market can be of great value. Some of the key applications in forensic research are listed below.
Crime scene investigations
If a crime scene contains microscopic samples like hair, diatoms, pollen, these can be easily identified with electron microscopes.
Diatoms and pollen analysis can be useful in forensic science by helping identify the provenance of individuals, clothing or materials recovered from investigation sites. Hairs can be transferred during physical contact; their presence can associate a suspect to a victim or a suspect/victim to a crime scene.
Scanning electron microscopy can be used in investigating forensic evidence where a traffic incident has resulted in serious injury. Head lights investigation, car paint analysis and seat belt wear are areas where SEM can provide an answer.