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Drawing holograms by hand
Author(s): William J. Beaty
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Paper Abstract

Accidental abrasion of a specular surface sometimes produces real and virtual images of the abrading object. Investigation of this phenomenon in 1994 led to a simple technique which almost sounds like a joke: a method for creating white light holograms by scribing interference fringes one at a time onto a plastic plate by hand. The optics of these 'abrasion holograms' is similar to Rainbow holography, and the similarities reveal techniques for controlling distortions, for producing images of opaque objects, as well as for producing animation effects and images that extend out through the film plane. As with any rainbow hologram, spatially coherent or 'point-source' illumination is required, both a transmission mode and a reflection mode exist, and conjugate illumination produces pseudoscopic images. This 'abrasion holography' highlights the fact that the zoneplates comprising a Rainbow hologram function independently not only of illumination frequency but also of fringe spacing. Size-independent fringes suggests that truly enormous holograms can be engraved on a wide variety of very crude everyday surfaces.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5005, Practical Holography XVII and Holographic Materials IX, (4 June 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.478434
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William J. Beaty, Univ. of Washington (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5005:
Practical Holography XVII and Holographic Materials IX
Tung H. Jeong; Sylvia H. Stevenson, Editor(s)

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