Forensic Publications

Scientist preparing a slide on a microscope. The below documents are management system documents utilized by ATF Forensic Laboratories. They are provided for informational purposes only. Sensitive or copyrighted information has been redacted. The documents are used in ATF Laboratories and not published with the intent of setting a policy or analysis standard for other laboratories. The inclusion of equipment/software manufacturer names does not imply endorsement by ATF Laboratories.

The documents were current as of February 28, 2018. ATF management system documents are reviewed annually and revised as needed. For specific requests, submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Name Description Type
ATF-LS-FRL Hotwire Anemometer -Standard Operating Procedures (814.89 KB)
Standard operating procedure for a hotwire anemometer.  
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL LI001 Thermocouple (612.71 KB)
This instruction covers the use, design, and specifications of thermocouples used at the ATF Fire Research Laboratory (FRL).
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL LI007 Stopwatch (264.34 KB)
This instruction covers the use of stopwatches used by the ATF Fire Research Laboratory (FRL) examiners.
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL LI014 Optical Density Meter (387.04 KB)
This instruction covers the use, design and specifications of optical density meters (ODMs) for smoke measurement in the ATF Fire Research Laboratory (FRL).
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL LI017 Laboratory Conditions (361.98 KB)
This Instruction covers the use of laboratory condition stations used in FRL experiments.
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL LI018 Combustion Calorimeter (939.69 KB)
This instruction covers the use of the Combustion Calorimeter that is used to measure the heat content and specific gravity of natural gas that is used in the ATF Fire Research Laboratory (FRL) experiments.
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL Project Approach (230.52 KB)
The FRL coordinates with special agent/certified fire investigators to apply engineering principles to crime scene and physical evidence evaluation for the purpose of assisting the client with understanding specific limited aspects of the fire event, such as ignition, material properties, visibility, etc.
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL Sand Burner and Gas Cart -Standard Operating Procedures (463.89 KB)
Standard operating procedures for a sand burner and gas cart.
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL TR009b Differential Pressure - Average Velocity Probes (2.06 MB)
This technical reference covers the use, design and specifications of the averaging velocity probes used in the ATF Fire Research Laboratory.
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL TR010B Tube Burner (4.97 MB)
This technical reference covers the use, design and specifications of the tube burner used in the ATF Fire Research Laboratory.
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL TR019B Sartorius Scale - 450 kg - Technical Reference (186.91 KB)
This technical reference covers the use, design and specifications of the Sartorius-Scale-450 kg scale used in the ATF Fire Research Laboratory.
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL TR019I Sartorius Scale - 30 kg - Technical Reference (324.76 KB)
This technical reference covers the use, design and specifications of the Sartorius-Scale-30 kg scale used in the ATF Fire Research Laboratory.
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL TR019J Sartorius Scale -150 kg - Technical Reference (325.01 KB)
This technical reference covers the use, design and specifications of the Sartorius-Scale-150 kg scale used in the ATF Fire Research Laboratory.
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL Tube Burner - Standard Operating Procedures (466.77 KB)
Standard operating procedures for a tube burner. 
Engineering
ATF-LS-TE01 - Setup and Use of Fluorescence Microscopy (102.69 KB)
This method describes the procedure for setup and use of the reflected light fluorescence attachment on the PLM microscopes.
Materials (Trace Evidence)
ATF-LS-TE02 Setup and Use of the Microscope (108.94 KB)
This method describes the procedure for basic microscopy setup on compound polarized light microscopes (PLM) but certain sections can also be used for brightfield (biological) microscopes.
Materials (Trace Evidence)
ATF-LS-TE03 Use of the Microspectrophotometer (112.45 KB)
This method describes the procedure for use of the Microspectrophotometer. Microspectrophotometers are used to measure color characteristics in the transmission, reflectance, or fluorescence of microscopic samples in the UV, visible, and NIR.
Materials (Trace Evidence)
ATF-LS-TE04 Pyrolysis-Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (124.66 KB)
Pyrolysis is a technique used to break chemical bonds of molecules by the use of thermal energy only.
Materials (Trace Evidence)
ATF-LS-TE07 Raman Spectrometer (133.32 KB)
Raman spectroscopy is a technique that has been validated for rapid identification of unknown chemicals.
Materials (Trace Evidence)
ATF-LS-TE09 Examination, Analysis and Comparison of Hair Evidence (170.93 KB)
Different crimes involve the recovery of trace evidence from articles of clothing, vehicles, crime scenes, or other items, which may contain hairs.
Materials (Trace Evidence)
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