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Coarse integral holography approach for real 3D color video displays.



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Chen, JS 
Smithwick, QYJ 
Chu, DP 


A colour holographic display is considered the ultimate apparatus to provide the most natural 3D viewing experience. It encodes a 3D scene as holographic patterns that then are used to reproduce the optical wavefront. The main challenge at present is for the existing technologies to cope with the full information bandwidth required for the computation and display of holographic video. We have developed a dynamic coarse integral holography approach using opto-mechanical scanning, coarse integral optics and a low space-bandwidth-product high-bandwidth spatial light modulator to display dynamic holograms with a large space-bandwidth-product at video rates, combined with an efficient rendering algorithm to reduce the information content. This makes it possible to realise a full-parallax, colour holographic video display with a bandwidth of 10 billion pixels per second, and an adequate image size and viewing angle, as well as all relevant 3D cues. Our approach is scalable and the prototype can achieve even better performance with continuing advances in hardware components.



0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing, Networking and Information Technology R&D

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Opt Express

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The Optical Society
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/F00897X/1)
This research was performed through a joint collaboration project between Disney Research and the University of Cambridge through the CAPE consortium. J.S.C. and D.P.C. would like to thank the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for the support through the Platform Grant in Liquid Crystal Photonics (EP/F00897X/1).