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Crystal beginnings: constellations of holography
Author(s): Martin Richardson; Stephen Brown
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In January 2004 at the SPIE Photonics West conference held in San Jose, an exhibition of the late Steve Benton’s work was held in a corridor leading of the conferencing rooms. The exhibition contained most, if not all of his finest works including one of his most spectacular, 'Crystal Beginnings'. It was during an interval in the programme that I found myself standing in front of this hologram, discussing its practical makings with fellow holographer Fred Unterseher. Since no notes were available regarding its design or indeed the holographic camera, Fred and I began to try and decipher how Benton had made it. During the discussion we seemed to attract a small crowd, and it soon became apparent that we were not alone in our fascination. One of those in the crowd turned out to be Oliver Cossairt, one of Benton’s ex-students at MIT. He contributed to our argument by informing us that he had asked Benton how the hologram was made. Benton’s answer was "all the clues are there!" The more I looked at the mass of reference points in space, the more it appeared as some form of 3D map or constellation! This paper explores that idea, and asks for reader’s participation in the completion of a questionnaire. Its answers will be used as reference points in a holographic map.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 April 2005
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5742, Practical Holography XIX: Materials and Applications, (21 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.593654
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Martin Richardson, De Montfort Univ. (United Kingdom)
Stephen Brown, De Montfort Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5742:
Practical Holography XIX: Materials and Applications
Tung H. Jeong; Hans I. Bjelkhagen, Editor(s)

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