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Synthesis of moving holographic stereograms with high-resolution spatial light modulators
Author(s): Elmar Schulze
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Paper Abstract

Displaying animated holographic 3D images by means of opto-electronic devices causes serious problems because of the huge amount of data of the hologram and the inadequate resolution of the display. One possible solution is to limit the reconstructed 3D image to discrete horizontal perspectives. In this paper a 3D display is proposed which enables the creation of holographic stereograms with novel high-resolution diffraction light modulators. The modulators perform simultaneously the image generation and the direction-selective display of 2D perspective views in the same way as holographic stereograms. The modulators are based on optically defined binary phase gratings whose diffraction properties are altered by an LC layer. Switchable gratings with periods down to 1 micrometers and high diffraction efficiencies and extinction ratios have been demonstrated. Until now the hologram synthesis itself could not be accomplished because of the lack of a sufficiently large electronic addressing matrix, but the basic modulator principle underlying the synthesizer has been demonstrated experimentally. The optoelectronic hologram synthesizer scheme, the diffraction light modulator construction and the diffraction properties achieved of the fabricated modulators will be explained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 April 1995
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2406, Practical Holography IX, (12 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.206209
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Elmar Schulze, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut fuer Nachrichtentechnik Berlin GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2406:
Practical Holography IX
Stephen A. Benton, Editor(s)

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