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Discrimination of Colored Acrylic, Cotton, and Wool Textile Fibers Using Micro-Raman Spectroscopy. Part 1: In situ Detection and Characterization of Dyes

NCJ Number
Journal of Forensic Sciences Volume: 58 Issue: 6 Dated: November 2013 Pages: 1593-1600
Patrick Buzzini Ph.D.; Genevieve Massonnet Ph.D.
Date Published
November 2013
8 pages
Raman spectroscopy has been applied to characterize fiber dyes and determine the discriminating ability of the method.
Black, blue, and red acrylic, cotton, and wool samples were analyzed. Four excitation sources were used to obtain complementary responses in the case of fluorescent samples. Fibers that did not provide informative spectra using a given laser were usually detected using another wavelength. For any colored acrylic, the 633-nm laser did not provide Raman information. The 514-nm laser provided the highest discrimination for blue and black cotton, but half of the blue cottons produced noninformative spectra. The 830-nm laser exhibited the highest discrimination for red cotton. Both visible lasers provided the highest discrimination for black and blue wool, and NIR lasers produced remarkable separation for red and black wool. This study shows that the discriminating ability of Raman spectroscopy depends on the fiber type, color, and the laser wavelength. Abstract published by arrangement with Wiley.