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The use of sulfur nitrides as fingerprint developers
Author(s): Paul F. Kelly; Roberto S. P. King; Bansi Shah; Roger J. Mortimer
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Paper Abstract

Polymerization of the volatile sulfur nitride S2N2 can be brought about by interaction with latent fingerprint residues, with the resulting dark blue black polymer (SN)x visually developing the prints on a large range of media. Consideration of the technical and safety requirements of the technique allows an effective apparatus to be built and utilized with minimal risk. Observations on the diversity of media involved highlights the power of the technique, though results also indicate that no simple mechanism can account for all aspects of the interactions between the nitride, the prints and the media surfaces. This is especially apparent when prints on paper or plastic can still be imaged after washing with either water or organic solvents; likewise prints on aluminium foil can be imaged even after being heated to 500°C overnight.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7486, Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism and Crime Fighting V, 748602 (17 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.833980
Show Author Affiliations
Paul F. Kelly, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)
Roberto S. P. King, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)
Bansi Shah, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)
Roger J. Mortimer, Loughborough Univ. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7486:
Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism and Crime Fighting V
Colin Lewis, Editor(s)

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