The word holography originates from the Greek  words “holos” (complete) and “graphos” (writing). Thus, it is the technique to record the complete picture of an object. The technique was  proposed by Gabor in 1947.

An ordinary photograph records the two dimensional image of the picture because it records only the amplitude or intensity distribution. But in holography technique, both, the intensity as well as phase of the light wave is recorded.

In holography, the light  waves reflected from an object is  recorded. These light  waves  consist of intensity and phase  and the record is called a hologram. The hologram has no resemblance to the original object but it contains all the information about the object in a optical  code.

The formation of hologram is done by a process called recording process. The formation of three- dimensional image from hologram is done with a process called reconstruction process.

Thus  holography consists of two processes :

I  Recording of hologram

II Reconstruction of image

Note: Next time I will discuss these 2 processes in detail.

Reference: This article is referred from my authored book “Optics and lasers” having ISBN 978-81-272-3833-9. In case of any doubt in this article or any article of Physics, kindly post in the comment section.

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