7 March 2016 3D fingerprint analysis using transmission-mode multi-wavelength digital holographic topography
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The analysis of fingerprints is important for biometric identification. Two-wavelength digital holographic interferometry is used to study the topography of various types of fingerprints. This topography depends on several conditions such as the temperature, time of the day, and the proportions of eccrine and sebaceous sweat. With two-wavelength holographic interferometry, surface information can be measured with a better accuracy compared to single-wavelength phase-retrieving techniques. Latent fingerprints on transparent glass, a forensically relevant substrate are first developed by the deposition of 50–1000-nm-thick columnar thin films, and then analyzed using the transmission-mode two-wavelength digital holographic technique. In this technique, a tunable Argon-ion laser (457.9 nm to 514.5 nm) is used and holograms are recorded on a CCD camera sequentially for several sets of two wavelengths. Then the phase is reconstructed for each wavelength, and the phase difference which corresponds to the synthetic wavelength (4 μm to 48 μm) is calculated. Finally, the topography is obtained by applying proper phase-unwrapping techniques to the phase difference. Interferometric setups that utilize light reflected from the surface of interest have several disadvantages such as the effect of multiple reflections as well as the effects of the tilt of the object and its shadow (for the Mach-Zehnder configuration). To overcome these drawbacks, digital holograms of fingerprints in a transmission geometry are used. An approximately in-line geometry employing a slightly tilted reference beam to facilitate separation of various diffraction orders during holographic reconstruction is employed.
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Ujitha Abeywickrema, Ujitha Abeywickrema, Partha Banerjee, Partha Banerjee, Akash Kota, Akash Kota, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Stephen E. Swiontek, Stephen E. Swiontek, "3D fingerprint analysis using transmission-mode multi-wavelength digital holographic topography", Proc. SPIE 9771, Practical Holography XXX: Materials and Applications, 977110 (7 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2219256; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2219256

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