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Fingerprints Summer Project

Students on this project: TJ Petty and Will Vigor.

Resource for XPS: Martin Prutton - "Introduction to surface physics"

10 Days XPS

XPS Data

CL Data

EDX Data

(only in prototype stage)

Grading

Initial finger print pictures

Group A - Silver casings

Group B - Shiny brass casings

Group C - Not so shiny brass casings

Cleaning Method 1: Annealing in air

Method

A thermocouple was placed in thermal contact with the inside of the casing adjacent to the fingerprint. The casing was then slowly heated to 600°C and then allowed to cool in air. Previous studys have followed a simular method using brass discs. [1] [2]

Results

End-on Optical Microscopy

Fingerprints

Cleaning Method 2: Annealing in N2

Results

End-on Optical Microscopy

Fingerprints

Cleaning Method 3: Annealing in a Vacuum

Results

End-on Optical Microscopy

Fingerprints

Cleaning Method 4: Plasma Cleaning

Method

The casing was placed inside a plasma cleaner for 4 minutes in an air plasma, a 10mA current was used. 

Results

End-on Optical Microscopy

Fingerprints

Cleaning Method 5: Sonication

Method

The casings were sonicated for 3 minutes in ethanol then allowed to dry naturally in air. The casings were then sonicated in acetone for 3 minutes the solvent was then allowed to evaporate. Previous studies have washed in acetone with out the use of sonication. [1] [3] [4]

Results

End-on Optical Microscopy

Fingerprints

Cleaning Method 6: Soapy Water

Method

Add two to three drops of commercial detergent to water at 30-40°C. Rub vigorously for 30 seconds with a wet tissue and then pat dry with a tissue. This method was taken from [1] and has previously been investigated [5].

Results

End-on Optical Microscopy

Fingerprints

References

[1]-E Paterson, Bond J W, Hillman A R, A Comparison of Cleaning Regimes for the
Effective Removal of Fingerprint Deposits from Brass. J Forensic Sci 2009;55:221.

[2]-Williams G, McMurray HN, Worsley DA. Latent fingerprint detection
using a scanning Kelvin microprobe. J Forensic Sci 2001;46:1085–92.

[3]-Williams G, McMurray N. Latent fingermark visualization using a scan-
ning Kelvin probe. Forensic Sci Int 2007;167:102–9.

[4]-Migron Y, Mandler D. Development of latent fingerprints on unfired
cartridges by palladium deposition: a surface study. J Forensic Sci
1997;42:986–92.

[5]- Bond JW. Visualization of latent fingerprint corrosion of metallic sur-
 faces. J Forensic Sci 2008;53:812–22.