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Applied Optics


  • Vol. 9, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 1970
  • pp: 695–700

Use of a Random Phase Mask for the Recording of Fourier Transform Holograms of Data Masks

C. B. Burckhardt  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 9, Issue 3, pp. 695-700 (1970)

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In a holographic page-oriented memory the information is stored in an array of holograms. It is advantageous to record the Fourier transform of the original data mask because the minimum space bandwidth is then required and the information about any one data bit is spread over the hologram plane. In the Fourier transform plane most of the light is concentrated in an array of bright “spikes” because the data mask consists of an array of equidistant data spots. Some means is needed to distribute the light more evenly. We report here on the use of a phase mask which imparts a phase shift of 180° to half the data spots chosen at random. An analysis shows that the intensity in the Fourier transform plane is now proportional to the intensity of the Fourier transform of one single data spot.

© 1970 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: August 26, 1969
Published: March 1, 1970

C. B. Burckhardt, "Use of a Random Phase Mask for the Recording of Fourier Transform Holograms of Data Masks," Appl. Opt. 9, 695-700 (1970)

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  10. It might be thought that it is possible to form near Fourier transform holograms by illuminating the lens with a collimated beam and moving the photographic plate toward the lens. A little reflection will show that this is not possible because in that case the hologram will not remain centered within the aperture upon translation of the lens and aperture

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