Holographic Projection Displays: Beyond Star Wars
The word ‘hologram’ is one of the most mis-used terms in current display technologies. Ever since the iconic scene in the original 1977 Star Wars movie, where Princess Leia is projected in three dimensions from R2D2, the term has been used to describe a multitude of displays that do not contain holograms.
In this talk, Tim Wilkinson, Professor of Photonic Engineering at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Jesus College, introduces the real world of holographic projection displays and demonstrates that many types of image generation are now possible from full parallax three dimensional displays to Augmented Reality. In order to understand how these types of holograms are generated, the talk will also explain how the technology found in most people’s pockets is now almost capable of displaying holographic information.
Tim has a long term research interest into the applications of holograms, liquid crystal (LC) devices, nanophotonics and related applications. His group has been working on the next generation of optical phase modulators for holographic application and how effects such as plasmonic resonance in metallic nano-rods can be incorporated into new pixel designs. You can find out more about his work here.
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