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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2013
  • pp: A281–A289

Floating volumetric image formation using a dihedral corner reflector array device

Daisuke Miyazaki, Noboru Hirano, Yuki Maeda, Siori Yamamoto, Takaaki Mukai, and Satoshi Maekawa  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 1, pp. A281-A289 (2013)

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A volumetric display system using an optical imaging device consisting of numerous dihedral corner reflectors placed perpendicular to the surface of a metal plate is proposed. Image formation by the dihedral corner reflector array (DCRA) is free from distortion and focal length. In the proposed volumetric display system, a two-dimensional real image is moved by a mirror scanner to scan a three-dimensional (3D) space. Cross-sectional images of a 3D object are displayed in accordance with the position of the image plane. A volumetric image is observed as a stack of the cross-sectional images. The use of the DCRA brings compact system configuration and volumetric real image generation with very low distortion. An experimental volumetric display system including a DCRA, a galvanometer mirror, and a digital micro-mirror device was constructed to verify the proposed method. A volumetric image consisting of 1024×768×400 voxels was formed by the experimental system.

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OCIS Codes
(100.6890) Image processing : Three-dimensional image processing
(120.2040) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Displays
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices

Original Manuscript: August 20, 2012
Revised Manuscript: October 14, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: October 14, 2012
Published: November 28, 2012

Daisuke Miyazaki, Noboru Hirano, Yuki Maeda, Siori Yamamoto, Takaaki Mukai, and Satoshi Maekawa, "Floating volumetric image formation using a dihedral corner reflector array device," Appl. Opt. 52, A281-A289 (2013)

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