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dc.creatorBouldin, Kimberly Kay
dc.date.available2011-02-18T21:08:41Z
dc.date.issued2003-05
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2346/15548en_US
dc.description.abstractLatent fingerprint detection by photoluminescence is a well-developed field. Many development techniques exist and are currently being employed in forensic laboratories to detect fingerprints by making them luminescent. However, in forensic science, timeresolved imaging techniques, designed to suppress background fluorescence that interferes with fingerprint detectability, are to date not used outside of the research laboratory, and the chemistry necessary to use time-resolved imaging for fingerprint detection is somewhat limited. For this reason, the first section of this dissertation deals with fingerprint detection methods that have direct application to time-resolved imaging techniques. Trace explosive detection field methods based on chemical reactions have until recently utilized only colorimetric products. To increase the sensitivity of such detection, a field explosive test kit which produces a product that is both colorimetric and luminescent is studied. Detection sensitivity can be gained by taking advantage of the luminescence of these products, something that has not been done to date. When the appropriate chemistry is chosen for explosive detection, time-resolved imaging techniques may again be applicable. This dissertation thus looks at possibilities of taking trace explosives detection to this next level.
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherTexas Tech Universityen_US
dc.subjectPhotoluminescenceen_US
dc.subjectFingerprintsen_US
dc.subjectExplosives -- Detectionen_US
dc.titleLatent Fingerprint and trace explosives detection by photoluminescence and time-resolved imaging
dc.typeDissertation
thesis.degree.namePh.D.
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.disciplinePhysics
thesis.degree.grantorTexas Tech University
thesis.degree.departmentPhysics
dc.degree.departmentPhysicsen_US
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