Forensic Ballistics and Toolmark Examinations
Analysis of the Effects of Stress to Materials Surfaces
As a specialist in this field, you are regularly tasked with comparative light microscopy analysis of the effects of stress to materials surfaces such as linking bullets to weapons. A firearm will leave characteristic and distinctive marks like striations on the ammunition behind that was fired from it. These striations are due to the rifling inside the barrel of handguns. By examining these unique striations with comparative examinations of scratches left behind on the bullet and weapon, individual fired rounds can often be linked back to a specific weapon.
Equally, tools of any other kind that are used at a crime scene can also be similarly investigated. Toolmark examination pursues the intention of pairing tool and toolmark such as a screwdriver with a pried-open window frame or a hammer with an indent. Even brand-new tools have their specific characteristics imprinted by the production process. Suspicious tools or firearms will be used to generate comparison samples and side-by-side comparison will either confirm or refute the evidence.
For these tasks, specialized certified comparison microscope systems are available that are built on ZEISS optical systems to offer the highest precision optics and best ergonomics together with advanced digital evidence documentation for case reports. Additionally, ZEISS is offering a wide variety of stereo, zoom and light microscopes with advanced digital cameras and documentation software for your forensics lab. The unique digital microscope Smartzoom 5 is an integrated portable platform for automated optical imaging, measurement and topography that brings the most advanced features from industrial QA/QC workflows to your forensics lab and even directly to the crime scene.