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Fingerprint detection on counterfeit US dollar banknotes: the importance of preliminary paper examination.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15461103     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Two seizures of counterfeit 100 US dollar bills related to the same indicative number were submitted for processing of latent fingerprints. On one group of notes, identifiable fingerprints could be detected by the routine application of amino acid reagents. In the second case, this technique gave no results, even on deliberately deposited prints. Fingerprints could be revealed, however, by cyanoacrylate fuming followed by magnetic powder. Comprehensive paper analysis showed that banknotes from both seizures differed remarkably by chemical composition as well as paper macroscopic properties. The difference in surface free energy (related to surface tension) of the banknotes in the two groups seemed to be the major factor responsible for the great variance in fingerprint detectability.
Myriam Azoury; Drorit Cohen; Kimmo Himberg; Pia Qvintus-Leino; Terhi Saari; Joseph Almog
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  49     ISSN:  0022-1198     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Forensic Sci.     Publication Date:  2004 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-10-05     Completed Date:  2005-01-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1015-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Latent Fingerprint Laboratory, Division of Identification and Forensic Science, Israel Police, National H.Q., Jerusalem 91906, Israel.
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Surface Properties
United States
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Cyanoacrylates; 0/Powders

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