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Advances in the physical, optical, and chemical visualization of latent prints
Author(s): Antonio A. Cantu
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Paper Abstract

Latent prints on substrates of varying porosity are visualized by a host of physical, optical, and chemical techniques that are often used sequentially. Optical techniques include viewing the scattering of UV radiation by latent print residue on smooth surfaces and inducing natural (inherent) fluorescence of such residue; physical techniques include visualizing the latent print using diverse powders and vapors that selectively polymerize on the residue; and chemical techniques include reacting components of latent print residue with reagents that render color and/or fluorescence to the residue. Recent developments in visualizing techniques include the use of nanoparticles, hyperspectral imaging, and the development of more sensitive reagents for visualizing the water-soluble components of latent print residue (e.g., amino acids) and the water-insoluble components (e.g., lipids, dried proteins, etc.). The chemistry of latent print residue and current research in the methods to visualize its components will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 October 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6741, Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism and Crime Fighting III, 67410D (8 October 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.739404
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Antonio A. Cantu, Independent Scientific Consultant (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6741:
Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism and Crime Fighting III
Colin Lewis, Editor(s)

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