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Optical Engineering

Holographic movies
Author(s): Joseph C. Palais; Mark E. Miller
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Paper Abstract

A unique method for the construction and display of a 3-D holographic movie is developed. An animated film is produced by rotating a 3-D object in steps between successive holographic exposures. Strip holograms were made on 70-mm AGFA 8E75 Holotest roll film. Each hologram was about 11-mm high and 55-mm wide. The object was rotated 2 deg between successive exposures. A complete cycle of the object motion was recorded on 180 holograms using the lensless Fourier transform construction. The ends of the developed film were spliced together to produce a continuous loop. Although the film moves continuously on playback and there is no shutter, there is no flicker or image displacement because of the Fourier transform hologram construction, as predicted by the theoretical analysis. The movie can be viewed for an unlimited time because the object motion is cyclical and the film is continuous. The film is wide enough such that comfortable viewing with both eyes is possible, enhancing the 3-D effect. Viewers can stand comfortably away from the film since no viewing slit or aperture is necessary. Several people can simultaneously view the movie.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1996
PDF: 5 pages
Opt. Eng. 35(9) doi: 10.1117/1.600865
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 35, Issue 9
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph C. Palais, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Mark E. Miller, Arizona State Univ. (United States)

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