Fluorescent lighting and optical techniques have been widely utilized to enhance the detection of latent fingerprints. However, the development of new techniques is imperative to expand the range of surfaces from which latent fingerprints can be detected. When relying on traditional methods, fingerprint evidence can remain undetected or even disregarded due to insufficient detection and limited detail, especially when dealing with a luminescent background. In this study, we propose the utilization of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) applied to a Ba2SiO4 matrix, co-doped with Eu2+ and Dy3+, as a powerful method for visualizing latent fingerprints on various surfaces, including thin plastic bags, rigid duct tape, thin aluminum foil, and glass slices. This technique effectively eliminates any luminescent background and significantly enhances optical imaging. This represents the first successful application of OSL in the development of latent fingerprints, thus paving the way for more efficient and effective forensic techniques in the future.

Unveiling Hidden Prints: Optically stimulated luminescence for latent fingerprint detection

Andrea Pinna
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Stefania Porcu;Daniele Chiriu;Carlo M. Carbonaro;Riccardo Corpino;Enrica Tuveri;Pier Carlo Ricci
2023-01-01

Abstract

Fluorescent lighting and optical techniques have been widely utilized to enhance the detection of latent fingerprints. However, the development of new techniques is imperative to expand the range of surfaces from which latent fingerprints can be detected. When relying on traditional methods, fingerprint evidence can remain undetected or even disregarded due to insufficient detection and limited detail, especially when dealing with a luminescent background. In this study, we propose the utilization of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) applied to a Ba2SiO4 matrix, co-doped with Eu2+ and Dy3+, as a powerful method for visualizing latent fingerprints on various surfaces, including thin plastic bags, rigid duct tape, thin aluminum foil, and glass slices. This technique effectively eliminates any luminescent background and significantly enhances optical imaging. This represents the first successful application of OSL in the development of latent fingerprints, thus paving the way for more efficient and effective forensic techniques in the future.
2023
Optical stimulated luminescence; Applied optics; Fingerprint detection; Ba2SiO4; Forensic applications
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