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Technology of the Sublime: The Versatile Hologram

SEAN F. JOHNSTON

in Holographic Visions

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780198571223
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191718908 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198571223.003.0007
 Technology of the Sublime: The Versatile Hologram

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This chapter examines the expanding set of tools that defined the craft and products of holography. The search for novelty and extension was led by companies and government institutions around the world. Investment spiralled upwards. The technique of holographic interferometry allowed engineers to visually see and measure microscopic movements and strains. Reflection holography (Denisyuk's method rediscovered) and ‘image plane holography’ provided awe-inspiring imagery. Rainbow holograms, invented by Stephen Benton at MIT and requiring only a light bulb as a source, expanded the venues for showing holograms. Holographic stereograms and short movies provided a moving three-dimensional image. Together, these innovations provided awe-inspiring imagery — at least briefly.

Keywords: interferometry; rainbow holograms; reflection holography; stereograms; Benton; Komar; Cross

Chapter.  18929 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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