Integrating Computers and Holography for Three-dimensional Auto-stereoscopic Imaging

M. Adjouadi and M. Docurro (USA)

Keywords

Autostereoscopic images, 3D holographic display

Abstract

The purpose of this work is to explore the potential in merging computers with optical holography to create auto-stereoscopic (naturally viewable) three-dimensional (3-D) images in space. Two possible paths are established as a means for integration of computers into a 3-D holographic display system. The first path deals with using the computer to mathematically recreate the interference pattern stored in a conventional hologram. This method is referred to as a computational approach. The alternate path is concerned with combining a computer controlled output display device, such as an LCD screen, with conventional holographic film. This method utilizes digitally stored two-dimensional (2-D) images as the objects in a conventional hologram recording process. This method is referred to as a graphical approach. For this research, a physical optics laboratory was established for conducting conventional and computer based holography experiments. The conclusions drawn from the study include a determination of which computer based holography techniques are suited for particular applications, as well as an assessment of the current limitations and challenges experienced in the existing technology.

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