Holographic Horizons

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Photos of the Month - May 2018

Audrey Lengel, Photo Archivist

Back in 2015, the world, led by UNESCO, celebrated The International Year of Light. But did you know that since then, UNESCO has developed an International DAY of Light? Each year on May 16, scientists and the public will reflect upon and appreciate the ways in which light has played a key part in a number of fields, including science, art, medicine, and education. This month, to honor this new International Day of Light, we’re sharing with you some images of physicists and optical scientists who developed and worked in the field of holography, which uses interference patterns of beams of light to produce 3D images, known as holograms. To view one of the largest collection of holograms, consider a trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts to the MIT Museum – I visited a few months ago and highly recommend it!

Portrait of Gabriel Lippmann, physicist and Nobel Laureate, who created the first color photos using the phenomenon of interference. His work led the way to the development of the modern holograph.

Credit line: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

Dennis Gabor, physicist, engineer, and inventor of holography, stands next to a holographic portrait of himself the year he won the Nobel Prize in Physics - 1971.

Credit line: McDonnell Douglas Electrics Company Photo Lab, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

Juris Upatnieks and Emmett Leith, who worked in holography, with equipment used in 3D photography.

Credit line: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection

A view of interference fringes produced by heated gas inside an automobile dome lamp; the image from which this view was created was a 3D image produced by a laser hologram.

Credit line: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection

Yuri Denisyuk, who worked in optics and reflection holograms, taking a photograph in his Laboratory of Scientific Holography at the Vavilov State Optical Institute.

Credit line: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Darrow Collection

Charles Townes, inventor of lasers; Alfred Kastley; Mary Warga, the OSA’s first employee; Luis Alvarez; Gerhard Herzberg; Dennis Gabor; and Arthur Shawlow at an OSA ceremonial session in 1972.

Credit line: Optical Society of America, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives