Latent fingermark imaging by single-metal deposition of gold nanoparticles and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy


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Kolhatkar, G., Parisien, C., Ruediger, A. et Muehlethaler, C. (2019). Latent fingermark imaging by single-metal deposition of gold nanoparticles and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Frontiers in Chemistry, 7 . Article 440. ISSN 2296-2646 DOI 10.3389/fchem.2019.00440

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In forensic science, there is a high demand for a technique that allows the revelation of fingermarks invisible to the naked eye as well as the chemical information they contain. Here, we present a feasibility study consisting of using both the luminescence enhanced by surface plasmon of gold nanoparticles, and the surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy signal of fingermark chemical components to image latent fingermarks. A latent fingermark deposited on a transparent glass substrate was visually revealed using single-metal deposition employing gold nanoparticles. The resulting enhanced luminescence was monitored over a developed area of the latent fingermark, displaying light regions of 200-400 μm, corresponding to the fingermark ridges. The Raman signal of the fingermark's chemical components was enhanced into a measurable signal. Imaging those Raman peaks revealed the ridges pattern, attesting to the potential of our method. Since SMD is an end-of-sequence revelation technique for which further enhancement techniques do not exist, this work aims at demonstrating the feasibility of the technique in order to apply it on different systems, able to illuminate a complete surface of a few cm, and thus capable of both detecting contaminants in LFM and imaging features of the size of a complete LFM.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: Chemical composition Gold luminescence Gold nanoparticles Latent fingermarks Single metal deposition Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy
Date de dépôt: 04 janv. 2024 19:36
Dernière modification: 04 janv. 2024 19:36
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