Lasers and Holography

Lasers and Holography

An Introduction to Coherent Optics

1st Edition - January 1, 1969

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  • Author: Winston KOCK
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483279985

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Science Study Series No. 39: Lasers and Holography: An Introduction to Coherent Optics focuses on the processes, methodologies, and techniques involved in optics, including wave diffraction and patterns, zone plates, holograms, and diffraction. The publication first ponders on holograms as wave patterns, coherence, and lasers. Topics include reflectors and resonators, natural line width, semiconductor lasers, reflectors and spatial coherence, energy conservation with reflectors, frequency coherence and stability, coherent waves from small sources, photographic grating, and properties of waves. The book then tackles wave diffraction, as well as diffraction by two and multiple slits, near field, multiple slit gratings and photographic gratings, refraction by prisms, dependence of diffraction on wavelength, and disks and zone plates. The manuscript reviews the properties of holograms and zone plates. Discussions focus on holograms and coherent radar, single wavelength nature of holograms, image inversion, reconstruction with a small portion of a hologram, pseudoscopy in the real image of a hologram, zone plates as negative lenses, offset zone plates, and zone plates with areas interchanged. The text is a dependable reference for researchers interested in coherent optics.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Chapter 1. Holograms as Wave Patterns

    Properties of Waves

    Wave Uniformity


    Making A Hologram

    A Photographic Grating

    A Photographic Zone Plate

    The Complete Hologram Process

    The Hologram of a Scene

    Chapter 2. Coherence

    Frequency Coherence

    Frequency Stability

    Spatial Coherence

    Coherent Waves from Small Sources

    A Microwave Hologram

    A Real Acoustic Image

    The Extremely Short Wavelengths of Light

    Chapter 3. Lasers

    The First Laser

    A Water Wave Analogy

    The Two-Step Process

    Energy Conservation with Reflectors

    Reflectors and Spatial Coherence

    Energy Concentration


    Gas Lasers

    Reflectors and Resonators

    The Natural Line Width

    Coherence Length

    Semiconductor Lasers

    Chapter 4. Wave Diffraction

    Diffraction by a Slit

    The Near Field

    Diffraction by Two Slits

    Diffraction by Multiple Slits

    Multiple Slit Gratings and Photographic Gratings

    Refraction by Prisms

    A Prism Grating

    A Double-Prism Grating

    Volume Effects

    Dependence of Diffraction on Wavelength

    Diffraction by a Knife Edge

    Diffraction by a Disk

    Disks and Zone Plates

    Chapter 5. Zone Plates

    The Classical Zone Plate

    Zone Plates as Negative Lenses

    Zone Plates with Areas Interchanged

    Offset Zone Plates

    Offset Holograms

    Zone Plates as Lenses

    Volume Zone Plates

    Standing Wave Patterns

    Lattice Reflectors

    Reflection Zone Plates

    Chapter 6. Properties of Holograms

    Three-Dimensional Realism

    Holograms and Photographs

    Parallax and Lens Action

    A Stereo Hologram

    Focused-Image Holography

    Reconstruction with a Small Portion of a Hologram

    Pseudoscopy in the Real Image of a Hologram

    Image Inversion

    Single Wavelength Nature of Holograms

    Requirements of Film Properties

    Information Content

    Holograms and Coherent Radar

    Acoustic Holograms


    Suggested Reading


Product details

  • No. of pages: 112
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1969
  • Published: January 1, 1969
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483279985

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Winston KOCK

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