Hands-on holography


Prerequisites: Enrolled in or completed a degree program in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Laptop with MATLAB installed.

Load: 1 P.M. - 4 P.M. on Jan. 9, 11, 13, 18, 20 (Five 3-hour sessions over 2 weeks)

Time Outside Class: 1 hour total

Special instructions: Bring laptop with MATLAB installed to class. 


Misjudged as passé art or entertained only as an amusing physical paradox, holography critically encompasses all the essential principles governing propagating wave interactions across every domain of matter and energy.  Yet, surprisingly few in the applied sciences and engineering appreciate how to leverage holographic phenomena in real-world sensing applications. 

This course will demystify holography by demonstrating how to gather and interpret2-D, phase-preserving recordings to recover a hidden , encoded third dimension of information. Course topics progress from basic phenomenology on to specialized applications of holographic techniques in the physical and computational domains.  Participants will practice holography hands-on in the electromagnetic and audio domains through interactive laboratory exercises employing traditional film, computer-generated holography (CGH) and sonic recordings.  Measurement devices, supplies and MATLAB starter code will be provided.

*This work is sponsored by the Department of the Air Force under Air Force Contract FA8721-05-C-0002. Opinions, interpretations, conclusions and recommendations are those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by the United States Government