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Forensics Research Facility

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About the Forensics Research Facility

As a laboratory that has a significant profile of insulation research, we are very well equipped with tools and measurement apparatus that are applicable to forensic study of dielectric materials. 

Our X-ray equipment has been used to assess power and fibre optic cables and accessories and we also have imaging technology that is capable not only of producing magnified surface images, but also of identifying the chemical components within the area of interest. 

Raman microprobe and IR spectroscopy 

We have the capability to image samples at widely differing magnifications.  Our facilities include many different optical and electron techniques and, in addition to simple imaging, we can also determine the elemental and molecular composition of specific features with specimens with a resolution of the order of 1 μm.  

Instrumentation includes:

  • stereo microscopy
  • advanced optical imaging (polarised light, dark field, differential interference contrast, etc)
  • scanning electron microscopy
  • transmission electron microscopy
  • X-ray spectroscopy
  • infrared microscopy
  • confocal Raman microprobe spectroscopy 

 If you are considering forensic work that may require use of these facilities, please contact us outlining your requirements.

This activity is provided by the Tony Davies High Voltage Lab.

Contact Us

Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory

Building 20, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ 
We’re open Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00 UK time.