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Sourcing explosives: A multi-isotope approach


Although explosives are easily identified with current instrumental techniques, it is generally impossible to distinguish between sources of the same substance. To alleviate this difficulty, we present a multi-stable isotope (δ13C, δ15N, δ18O, δD) approach for appraising the possibility of discriminating explosives. The results from 30 distinct PETN, TNT and ANFO samples show that the different families of explosives are clearly differentiated by both their specific isotope signatures and their combination with corresponding element concentrations. Coupling two or more of the studied isotope systematics yields an even more precise differentiation on the basis of their raw-material origin and/or manufacturing process.
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hal-00516911 , version 1 (13-09-2010)



David Widory, Jean-Jacques Minet, Martine Barbe-Leborgne. Sourcing explosives: A multi-isotope approach. Science & Justice, 2009, 49 (2), p. 62-72. ⟨10.1016/j.scijus.2008.11.001⟩. ⟨hal-00516911⟩


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