We address the performance of transmission geometry volume holograms as depth-selective imaging elements. We consider two simple implementations using holograms recorded with spherical and plane beams. We derive the point-spread function (PSF) of these systems using volume diffraction theory and use the PSF to estimate depth resolution. Furthermore, we show that appropriately designed objective optics can significantly improve the depth resolution or the working distance of plane-wave reference holographic imaging systems. These results are confirmed experimentally and demonstrated for objects with millimeter axial features, imaged from the 5- to 50-cm range.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 4, 2003
Revised Manuscript: October 28, 2003
Published: March 1, 2004
Arnab Sinha, Wenyang Sun, Tina Shih, and George Barbastathis, "Volume holographic imaging in transmission geometry," Appl. Opt. 43, 1533-1551 (2004)