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Lasers and Holography

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As the words holo (complete) and gram (message) connote, the hologram captures the entire message of a scene in all its visual properties, including the realism of three dimensions. It involves the simple process of photographically recording the pattern formed by two interfering sets of light waves, one of these sets being a reference wave. With the introduction of lasers to holography in 1963, real advances in the development of holography began to take place.
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Overview

As the words holo (complete) and gram (message) connote, the hologram captures the entire message of a scene in all its visual properties, including the realism of three dimensions. It involves the simple process of photographically recording the pattern formed by two interfering sets of light waves, one of these sets being a reference wave. With the introduction of lasers to holography in 1963, real advances in the development of holography began to take place.
Dr. Kock's lucid introduction to lasers and holography has now been revised and updated for a second edition. It begins with a clear discussion of wave patterns and coherence. Then the development of lasers is summarized, along with the phenomenon of wave diffraction. Finally, the important subjects of zone plates and the properties of holograms are skillfully described. A new, concluding chapter brings the story up to the present, with a survey of recent advances in such areas as viewing holograms, hologram computer memories, liquid surface holography, synthetic-aperture radar and sonar, large new lasers, fiber optics, etc.
Using language that can be readily understood by high school and junior high school students, Dr. Kock has written a brief, yet authoritative volume that should satisfy anyone's curiosity about this burgeoning field. The remarkable discoveries that have already occurred are only a prelude to an even more remarkable future. 84 illustrations, including 8 new to this edition. New preface. Suggested (1981) additional reading. Index.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486240411
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 10/1/1981
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,423,185
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Holograms as Wave Patterns
  Properties of waves.
  Wave uniformity
  Interference.
  Making a hologram.
  A photographic grating.
  A photographic zone plate.
  The complete hologram process.
  The hologram of a scene.
Chapter 2. Coherence
  Frequency coherence.
  Frequency stability.
  Spatial coherence.
  Coherent waves from small sources.
  A microwave hologram.
  A real acoustic image.
  The extremely short wavelengths of light.
Chapter 3. Lasers
  The first laser.
  A water wave analogy.
  The two-step process.
  Energy conservation with reflectors.
  Reflectors and spatial coherence.
  Energy concentration.
  Q-spoiling.
  Gas lasers.
  Reflectors and resonators.
  The natural line width.
  Coherence length.
  Semiconductor lasers.
Chapter 4. Wave Diffraction
  Diffraction by a slit.
  The near field.
  Diffraction by two slits.
  Diffraction by multiple slits.
  Multiple slit gratings and photographic gratings.
  Refraction by prisms.
  A prism grating.
  A double-prism grating.
  Volume effects.
  Dependence of diffraction on wavelength.
  Diffraction by a knife edge.
  Diffraction by a disk.
  Disks and zone plates.
Chapter 5. Zone Plates
  The classical zone plate.
  Zone plates as negative lenses.
  Zone plates with areas interchanged.
  Offset zone plates.
  Offset holograms.
  Zone plates as lenses.
  Volume zone plates.
  Standing wave patterns.
  Lattice reflectors.
  Reflection zone plates.
Chapter 6. Properties of Holograms
  Three-dimensional realism.
  Holograms and photographs.
  Parallax and lens action.
  A stereo hologram.
  Focused-image holography.
  Reconstruction with a small portion of a hologram.
  Pseudoscopy in the real image of a hologram.
  Image inversion.
  Single wavelength nature of holograms.
  Requirements of film properties.
  Information content.
  Holograms and coherent radar.
  Acoustic holograms.
Chapter 7. Recent Developments
  Viewing holograms.
  The Museum of Holography.
  "White light or "rainbow" holograms."
  Hologram computer memories.
  Liquid surface holography.
  Synthetic-aperture radar and sonar.
  New lasers.
  Wires of glass.
  Lasers in the military.
Epilogue
Suggested Reading
Index
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