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Opt Lett. 2009 Oct 15;34(20):3175-7. doi: 10.1364/OL.34.003175.

Impact of surface roughness on laser surface authentication signatures under linear and rotational displacements.

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  • 1Department of Physics, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, UK.


Laser surface authentication (LSA) is a technique for authenticating optically rough surfaces based on the intensity of diffusely scattered light. The degradation in the LSA signature over linear and rotational displacement is examined. Randomly roughened glass surfaces with roughness amplitudes ranging from 0.4 microm to 3 microm and correlation lengths from 16 microm to 45 microm are examined experimentally, showing that the average size of the surface feature has a negligible impact on the rate of LSA signature degradation. The average size of the surface features is shown to have a greater effect on the fractional intensity of the variations in diffuse light and on the quality of LSA signature match.

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