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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 25 — Sep. 1, 2011
  • pp: 5042–5046

Specular holography

Matthew Brand  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 25, pp. 5042-5046 (2011)

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By tooling a spot-illuminated surface to control the flow of specular glints under motion, one can produce holographic view-dependent imagery. This paper develops the differential equations that govern the shape of the specular surfaces, and illustrates how solutions can be constructed for different kinds of motion, lighting, host surface geometries, and fabrication constraints, leading to some unconventional forms of holography.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(080.2740) Geometric optics : Geometric optical design
(090.1760) Holography : Computer holography
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators

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Original Manuscript: December 1, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 9, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 2, 2011
Published: September 1, 2011

Matthew Brand, "Specular holography," Appl. Opt. 50, 5042-5046 (2011)

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