The goal in the design of a holographic microscope is to record and reconstruct a three-dimensional image of a microscopic object so as to preserve both amplitude and phase information. Using standard microscopic techniques where possible, the holographic microscope is a tool to be used by any scientist requiring this amplitude and phase information. This paper presents a discussion of state-of-the-art in holographic microscopy, including current techniques, basic principles of holography especially as they apply to holographic microscopy, and successful applications. The goal of this paper is to aid the reader in making a decision about the utility of holographic microscopy in a particular research situation.
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