Development of Latent Fingerprint Impressions using Ophthalmic Fiber Glass Powder


  • Rishaney Bhargava
  • Vaishnavi Vivek Sawant
  • Shrutika Singla



Latent, Fingerprint, White powder, Crime scene, Powder, Fiber, Glass, Ophthalmic.


Fingerprints are a vital and unique identity of a person. These are impressions left by the friction ridges of a human
finger on contact with any surface. The primary advantage of a fingerprint is that it does not change over time.
Fingerprint identification is a method of identification using the impression formed by the minute ridges seen on
the fingertips. Fingerprints have certain individual characteristics that are unique. Fingerprints are most generally
recovered from crime scenes. Such prints are obtained when natural oils and perspiration (sweat) existing between
the fingertip ridges are transferred to the surface by any contact. Fingerprints are invisible and are much harder
to detect and preserve. These prints are obtained by physical and chemical methods. In this paper, my research
focuses on detecting latent fingerprints or invisible fingerprints using ophthalmic fiber glass powder on different
surfaces. Here I used the ophthalmic fiber glass and turned it into powder which is used for obtaining latent

Author Biographies

  • Rishaney Bhargava

    Volunteer Applied Forensic Research Sciences, Indore; B.Sc. Forensic Science, Vikram University, Ujjain,

  • Vaishnavi Vivek Sawant

    Academic Lifetime Member, Applied Forensic Research Sciences, Indore, M.P, Assistant Professor
    at Acharya Institute Graduate Studies, Bengaluru

  • Shrutika Singla

    Joint Secretary, Applied Forensic Research Sciences, Indore, M.P.




How to Cite

Development of Latent Fingerprint Impressions using Ophthalmic Fiber Glass Powder. (2023). Medico Legal Update, 23(5), 12-15.

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