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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 34 — Dec. 1, 2009
  • pp: H9–H15

Fingerprint biometry applications of digital holography and low-coherence interferography

Mariana C. Potcoava and Myung K. Kim  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 34, pp. H9-H15 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.48.0000H9


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Abstract

We use several holographic and interferographic methods for two- and three-dimensional imaging of fingerprints. Holographic phase microscopy is used to produce images of thin-film patterns left by latent fingerprints. Two or more holographic phase images with different wavelengths are combined for optical phase unwrapping of images of thicker patent prints or a plastic print. Digital interference holography uses scanned wavelengths to synthesize short-coherence interference tomographic images of a plastic print. We also demonstrate light-emitting-diode-based low-coherence interferography for imaging plastic as well as latent prints. These demonstrations point to significant contributions to biometry by the emerging technology of digital holography and interferography.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(090.2880) Holography : Holographic interferometry
(110.6880) Imaging systems : Three-dimensional image acquisition
(090.1995) Holography : Digital holography

History
Original Manuscript: June 16, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 27, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 28, 2009
Published: August 10, 2009

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Vol. 5, Iss. 1 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Mariana C. Potcoava and Myung K. Kim, "Fingerprint biometry applications of digital holography and low-coherence interferography," Appl. Opt. 48, H9-H15 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-48-34-H9


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