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Appl Opt. 2013 Aug 1;52(22):5473-7. doi: 10.1364/AO.52.005473.

Capturing the vital vascular fingerprint with optical coherence tomography.

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Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, University of California, Irvine, California, USA.


Using fingerprints as a method to identify an individual has been accepted in forensics since the nineteenth century, and the fingerprint has become one of the most widely used biometric characteristics. Most of the modern fingerprint recognition systems are based on the print pattern of the finger surface and are not robust against spoof attaching. We demonstrate a novel vital vascular fingerprint system using Doppler optical coherence tomography that provides highly sensitive and reliable personal identification. Because the system is based on blood flow, which only exists in a livng person, the technique is robust against spoof attaching.

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