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Forensic Sci Int. 2018 Jun;287:81-87. doi: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2018.03.030. Epub 2018 Mar 23.

Detection of latent fingerprint hidden beneath adhesive tape by optical coherence tomography.

Author information

1
National Engineering Laboratory for Forensic Science, Institute of Forensic Science, Ministry of Public Security, Beijing 100038, China. Electronic address: zhangning@cifs.gov.cn.
2
State Key Laboratory of Low-dimensional Quantum Physics, Department of Physics, Tsinghua University and Collaborative Innovation Center of Quantum Matter, Beijing 100084, China.
3
National Engineering Laboratory for Forensic Science, Institute of Forensic Science, Ministry of Public Security, Beijing 100038, China.

Abstract

Adhesive tape is one type of common item which can be encountered in criminal cases involving rape, murder, kidnapping and explosives. It is often the case that a suspect deposits latent fingerprints on the sticky side of adhesive tape material when tying up victims, manufacturing improvised explosive devices or packaging illegal goods. However, the adhesive tapes found at crime scenes are usually stuck together or attached to a certain substrate, and thus the latent fingerprints may be hidden beneath the tapes. Current methods to detect latent fingerprint hidden beneath adhesive tape need to peel it off first and then apply physical or chemical methods to develop the fingerprint, which undergo complicated procedures and would affect the original condition of latent print. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a novel applied techniques in forensics which enables obtaining cross-sectional structure with the advantages of non-invasive, in-situ, high resolution and high speed. In this paper, a custom-built spectral-domain OCT (SD-OCT) system with a hand-held probe was employed to detect fingerprints hidden beneath different types of adhesive tapes. Three-dimensional (3D) OCT reconstructions were performed and the en face images were presented to reveal the hidden fingerprints. The results demonstrate that OCT is a promising tool for rapidly detecting and recovering high quality image of latent fingerprint hidden beneath adhesive tape without any changes to the original state and preserve the integrity of the evidence.

KEYWORDS:

Adhesive tape; Forensic imaging; Latent fingerprint; Optical coherence tomography

PMID:
29655099
DOI:
10.1016/j.forsciint.2018.03.030
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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