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Application of laser diodes and diffractive imaging in arts
Author(s): Stephan Teiwes; Jannett Guhr; Andreas Mitreiter; Leonore Zimmermann
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Paper Abstract

In arts, as well as in entertainment, visual effects are often used to gain the attention of people. A striking effect can be the main reason for the success of an artist's or an entertainment product. Modern optical technologies are very interesting for some artists to highlight their art objects by some nice optical effect. In our paper, we report about an unusual but attractive project between the Berlin Institut of Optics and the German artist Leonore Zimmermann. The idea of the project was to combine a laser-optical effect with an art print. In this context we have designed a diode laser effect illuminator which can be used to display an image of a lion associated with an art print of Leonore Zimmermann. The optical key component of this illuminator is a diffractive element the transmission function of which has been computed to obtain the desired object image by exploitation of the diffraction effect. The diode laser effect illuminator is a simple device which can be used to display almost arbitrary images or short image sequences. In combination with printing arts, we hope, it will surprise and fascinate people by its nice effects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3285, Fabrication, Testing, Reliability, and Applications of Semiconductor Lasers III, (4 May 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.307599
Show Author Affiliations
Stephan Teiwes, Berlin Institute of Optics (Switzerland)
Jannett Guhr, Berlin Institute of Optics (Germany)
Andreas Mitreiter, Berlin Institute of Optics (Germany)
Leonore Zimmermann, Atelier Leonore Zimmermann (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3285:
Fabrication, Testing, Reliability, and Applications of Semiconductor Lasers III
Kurt J. Linden; Mahmoud Fallahi; Kurt J. Linden; S. C. Wang, Editor(s)

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