We compare the system performances of two holographic recording geometries using iron-doped lithium niobate: the 90-degree and transmission geometry. We find that transmission geometry is better because the attainable dynamic range (<i>M</i>/#) is much higher. The only drawback of transmission geometry is the buildup of fanning, particularly during readout. Material solutions that reduce fanning such as doubly-doped photorefractive crystals make transmission geometry the clear winner.
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Yunping Yang, Ali Adibi, and Demetri Psaltis, "Comparison of Transmission and the 90-Degree Holographic Recording Geometry," Appl. Opt. 42, 3418-3427 (2003)