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A coherent framework for fingerprint analysis: are fingerprints holograms?

Kieran G. Larkin and Peter A. Fletcher  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 14, pp. 8667-8677 (2007)

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We propose a coherent mathematical model for human fingerprint images. Fingerprint structure is represented simply as a hologram – namely a phase modulated fringe pattern. The holographic form unifies analysis, classification, matching, compression, and synthesis of fingerprints in a self-consistent formalism. Hologram phase is at the heart of the method; a phase that uniquely decomposes into two parts via the Helmholtz decomposition theorem. Phase also circumvents the infinite frequency singularities that always occur at minutiae. Reliable analysis is possible using a recently discovered two-dimensional demodulator. The parsimony of this model is demonstrated by the reconstruction of a fingerprint image with an extreme compression factor of 239.

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OCIS Codes
(070.5010) Fourier optics and signal processing : Pattern recognition
(090.2880) Holography : Holographic interferometry
(100.2650) Image processing : Fringe analysis
(100.5070) Image processing : Phase retrieval
(110.2960) Imaging systems : Image analysis
(350.5030) Other areas of optics : Phase

ToC Category:
Fourier optics and signal processing

Original Manuscript: May 24, 2007
Revised Manuscript: June 22, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 22, 2007
Published: June 26, 2007

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Vol. 2, Iss. 8 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Kieran G. Larkin and Peter A. Fletcher, "A coherent framework for fingerprint analysis: are fingerprints Holograms?," Opt. Express 15, 8667-8677 (2007)

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