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Nanoparticles in forensic science
Author(s): Antonio A. Cantu
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Paper Abstract

Nanoparticles appear in several areas of forensic science including security documents, paints, inks, and reagents that develop latent prints. One reagent (known as the silver physical developer) that visualizes the water insoluble components of latent print residue is based on the formation of highly charged silver nanoparticles. These attach to and grow on the residue and generate a silver image. Another such reagent involves highly charged gold nanoparticles. These attach to the residue forming a weak gold image which can be amplified with a silver physical developer. Nanoparaticles are also used in items such as paints, printing inks, and writing inks. Paints and most printing inks consist of nano-sized pigments in a vehicle. However, certain modern ink jet printing inks now contain nano-sized pigments to improve their light fastness and most gel inks are also based on nano scale pigments. These nanoparticlecontaining materials often appear as evidence and are thus subject to forensic characterization. Both luminescent (quantum dots), up-converting nano scale phosphors, and non luminescent nanoparticles are used as security tags to label product, add security to documents, and as anti counterfeiting measures. These assist in determining if an item is fraudulently made.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7119, Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism and Crime Fighting IV, 71190F (3 October 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.800784
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Antonio A. Cantu, Scientific Consultant (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7119:
Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism and Crime Fighting IV
Gari Owen, Editor(s)

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