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New ways in creating pixelgram images
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Paper Abstract

Since the diffraction gratings were invented, their use in various security systems has been exploited. Their big advantage is the low production cost and, in the same time, the difficulty of replicating them. Most of the nowadays security systems are using those gratings to prove their originality. They can be seen on all the CDs, DVDs, most of the major credit cards and even on the wine bottles. In this article we present a new way of making such gratings without changing the production steps but generating an even more difficult to be replicated item. This new way consists not only in changing the grating period so that various false colours can be seen, but also their orientation so that for a complete check of the grating it should be seen under a certain solid angle. In the same time, one can also keep the possibility to change the grating period so this way various colours can be seen for each angle variation. By combining these two techniques (changing period and changing the angle ones) one can indeed create different images for each view angle and thus increasing the security of the object. In the same time, as can be seen, from the fabrication point of view no further complications appear. The production steps are identical, the only difference being the pattern. The resolution of the grating is not increased necessarily so neither from this point of view will complications appear.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2006
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6402, Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism and Crime Fighting II, 64020F (28 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.690158
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Radu Malureanu, TASC-INFM, CNR National Lab. (Italy)
Lecce Univ. (Italy)
Enzo Di Fabrizio, TASC-INFM, CNR National Lab. (Italy)
Magna Graecia Univ. (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6402:
Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism and Crime Fighting II
Colin Lewis; Gari P. Owen, Editor(s)

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