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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 22 — Aug. 1, 2013
  • pp: 5473–5477

Capturing the vital vascular fingerprint with optical coherence tomography

Gangjun Liu and Zhongping Chen  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 22, pp. 5473-5477 (2013)

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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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OCIS Codes
(100.2000) Image processing : Digital image processing
(100.5010) Image processing : Pattern recognition
(110.4500) Imaging systems : Optical coherence tomography

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: May 17, 2013
Revised Manuscript: June 28, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 8, 2013
Published: July 25, 2013

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Gangjun Liu and Zhongping Chen, "Capturing the vital vascular fingerprint with optical coherence tomography," Appl. Opt. 52, 5473-5477 (2013)

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