• Myung K. Kim
Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 162)


Digital holography (DH) is an emerging technology of new paradigm in general imaging applications. By replacing the photochemical procedures of conventional holography with electronic imaging, a door opens to a wide range of new capabilities. Although many of the remarkable properties of holography have been known for decades, their practical applications have been constrained because of the cumbersome procedures and stringent requirements on equipment. A real-time process is not feasible except for special materials and effects, such as the photorefractives. In digital holography, the holographic interference pattern is optically generated by superposition of object and reference beams, which is digitally sampled by a CCD camera and transferred to a computer as an array of numbers. The propagation of optical field is completely and accurately described by diffraction theory, which allows numerical reconstruction of the image as an array of complex numbers representing the amplitude and phase of the optical field. Digital holography offers a number of significant advantages such as the ability to acquire holograms rapidly, availability of complete amplitude and phase information of the optical field, and versatility of the interferometric and image processing techniques. Indeed, digital holography by numerical diffraction of optical fields allows imaging and image processing techniques that are difficult or not feasible in real space holography. We begin by giving a brief overview of the historical development of holography, both the conventional or analog holography and the digital holography.


Optical Field Holographic Interferometry Digital Holography Electronic Speckle Pattern Interferometry Holographic Image 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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