Forensic and micro-XRF, shooting distance determination
Forensic and micro-XRF, shooting distance determination
Bruker Nano Analytics presents:

Forensic Applications for Micro-XRF

On-Demand Session - 83 Minutes

M4 TORNADO in Forensics

Micro-XRF, as an analytical tool, combines several features which make it ideal for the investigation of forensic samples. The technique can be used to scan large areas, provides simultaneous information on multiple elements down to the trace element level, can be applied under ambient conditions and is non-destructive.

Bruker’s M4 TORNADO is a table-top Micro-XRF spectrometer which combines micrometer spatial resolution and element mapping capability with a powerful set of analytical tools for qualitative and quantitative analysis.

In this webinar we will focus on two applications which are common in the field of forensics: Shooting distance determination and small particle analysis, here on the example of glass fragments.

For shooting distance determination, which is – from a Micro-XRF point of view – a purely qualitative analysis, we will discuss which measurement parameters are to be considered to attain good results in reasonable time and what sorts of data mining tools the software offers for an offline analysis.

Glass shard analysis can be carried out quantitative or in a semi-quantitative way according to ASTM E2926. However, there are several aspects to keep in mind. Above all the information depth of the different elements of the glass can impede both quantitative and semi-quantitative analysis. This is important especially for small particles which can have intricate shapes and it will be hard to identify a good measurement position. Therefore, these small shards should always at first be assessed with an area scan.

The webinar will be rounded off by a 15-minute Q&A session where our experts will answer your questions.

The M4 Tornado offers a set of powerful analytical tools for qualitative and quantitative analysis.
Element map of gunshot residue.

Who Should Attend?

  • Micro-XRF users in forensics labs
  • Quality control specialists assuring composition of metal or glass samples as well as failure analysis in industry and material research laboratories
  • Researchers in R&D


Dr. Roald Tagle

Global Manager Application Science, Bruker Nano Analytics

Dr. Max Buegler

Application Scientist Micro-XRF, Bruker Nano Analytics

Falk Reinhardt

Senior Application Scientist micro-XRF, Bruker Nano Analytics

Watch this Webinar On-Demand

Please enter your details below to gain on-demand access to this webinar. 

Input value is invalid.

* Please fill out the mandatory fields.

Please enter your first name
Please enter your first name
Please enter your e-mail address
Please enter your first company / institution
What best describes my current situation:
Please accept the Terms and Conditions

* Please fill out the mandatory fields.

Thank you. Enjoy your On-Demand Webinar


Thank you for signing up to watch our on-demand webinar Forensic Applications for Micro-XRF. We have also sent an email to your registered address containing the link to watch the webinar. 

If you have questions about the content of the webinar or about any of our other products and services, please contact us at

You can also contact our regional offices by email at: 

Europe, Middle East and Africa: