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Title: The thermal visualisation of latent fingermarks on metallic surfaces
Authors: Wightman, Graham
O’Connor, D.
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Contemporary Sciences
Keywords: Forensic science
Latent fingerprints
Latent fingermarks
Metal
Metallic surfaces
Enhancement
Visualisation
Issue Date: Jan-2011
Publisher: Elsevier
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: This is the accepted manuscript version of this article (c)Elsevier, available from ScienceDirect at DOI: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2010.05.007
Citation: Wightman, G. and O’Connor, D. 2011. The thermal visualisation of latent fingermarks on metallic surfaces. Forensic Science International. 204(1-3): pp.88-96. Available from DOI: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2010.05.007
Abstract: Recent published research has lead to improved techniques for recovering latent fingermarks from metallic surfaces. The present study corroborates and extends some of the work carried out by Bond [1], [2] and [3], but an alternative mechanism is proposed for the thermal visualisation of fingermarks based on differential oxidation and the production of interference colours that improve contrast. Fingermarks treated at low temperature could be reheated to enhance recovery, but an upper temperature limit occurs beyond which the mark degrades. The mechanism of enhancement is discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/580
ISSN: 0379-0738
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