Atomic fingerprint could spell the end of fakes

Jul 22, 2017, 5:54 AM EDT
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Differentiating a real product from the fake one has got more challenging with the evolution of high-tech counterfeiting methods. Robert Young, a professor of physics at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, has proposed a novel technology, called atomic fingerprinting, which he claims could sound the death knell of counterfeits.

The new method consists of components – a holographic label embedded with a unique molecular pattern and a smartphone app, writes Live Science.

When a user photographs the label stamped on a product, the flashlight will prompt a color change in the label due to molecular realignment while the app will authenticate if the label is authentic or not, notes Lancaster University.