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Color holography for museums: bringing the artifacts back to the people
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Paper Abstract

Color display holography, which is the most accurate imaging technology known to science, has been used to produce holographic images for display of artifacts in museums. This article presents the 'Bringing the Artifacts back to the people' project. Holograms of twelve different artifacts were recorded using the single-beam Denisyuk color reflection hologram technique. 'White' laser light was produced from three combined cw RGB lasers: a red krypton-ion laser, a green frequency-doubled Nd-YAG laser, and an argon-ion laser. Panchromatic ultra-fine-grain silver halide materials were used for the recording of the holograms. During 2009 the artifacts were brought to St Asaph in Wales at the Centre for Modern Optics, to undergo holographic recording. One of the recorded artifacts included a 14,000-year-old decorated horse jaw bone from the ice age, which is kept at British Museum in London. The recorded color holograms of this object and others have been arranged in a touring exhibition, the 'Virtual Artifacts Exhibition.' During 2010- 2011, this will be installed in a number of local museums in North Wales and surrounding areas.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 February 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7957, Practical Holography XXV: Materials and Applications, 79570B (7 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.872101
Show Author Affiliations
Hans I. Bjelkhagen, Ctr. for Modern Optics (United Kingdom)
Ardie Osanlou, Glyndŵr Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7957:
Practical Holography XXV: Materials and Applications
Hans I. Bjelkhagen, Editor(s)

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