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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 17 — Aug. 15, 2011
  • pp: 16075–16086

Enhancement of three-dimensional perception of numerical hologram reconstructions of real-world objects by motion and stereo

Risto Näsänen, Tristan Colomb, Yves Emery, and Thomas J. Naughton  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 17, pp. 16075-16086 (2011)

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We investigated the question of how the perception of three-dimensional information reconstructed numerically from digital holograms of real-world objects, and presented on conventional displays, depends on motion and stereoscopic presentation. Perceived depth in an adjustable random pattern stereogram was matched to the depth in hologram reconstructions. The objects in holograms were a microscopic biological cell and a macroscopic metal coil. For control, we used real physical objects in additional to hologram reconstructions of real objects. Stereoscopic presentation increased perceived depth substantially in comparison to non-stereoscopic presentation. When stereoscopic cues were weak or absent e.g. because of blur, motion increased perceived depth considerably. However, when stereoscopic cues were strong, the effect of motion was small. In conclusion, for the maximization of perceived three-dimensional information of holograms on conventional displays, it seems highly beneficial to use the combination of motion and stereoscopic presentation.

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OCIS Codes
(090.2870) Holography : Holographic display
(120.2040) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Displays
(330.1400) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision - binocular and stereopsis
(090.1995) Holography : Digital holography

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Original Manuscript: October 25, 2010
Revised Manuscript: May 14, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 15, 2011
Published: August 8, 2011

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Risto Näsänen, Tristan Colomb, Yves Emery, and Thomas J. Naughton, "Enhancement of three-dimensional perception of numerical hologram reconstructions of real-world objects by motion and stereo," Opt. Express 19, 16075-16086 (2011)

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