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Fiber Identification and Comparison

Fiber Identification and Comparison

Class Code
Subject Area
M- Microscopy and Trace Program
Class Description 

This one-week (40 hour) course will provide students with a basic understanding of fiber analysis. This class will cover the man-made and natural fibers, production methods, dyeing, fiber identification by microscopic methods, cross-sectioning, dye extraction and comparison and evaluation of fiber evidence. In addition, there are short sections on photomicrography of fibers, Micro-FTIR and SEM/EDS. This course is intended for criminalists whose assignments include examination of fibers. This course intends to focus on the identification and comparison of fibers. Each class is limited to 12 students.


Instructor A Certified Instructor.
Teaching Methods
Classrom lectures, video recordings, and practical workshops
Students will be required to examine known and unknown fibers, measure various optical properties, conduct comparisons, prepare a written report of their findings, and present and defend their conclusions, as well as pass a written test
Basic Practical Microscopy (M101) or its equivalent. Micro-FTIR and SEM/EDS are desired
Materials Fee
Tuition $
Course Contact
Neda Khoshkebari, (916) 695-1808, (916) 695-1800

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