World's Thinnest Hologram Paves Way For Integration Of 3-D Holography Into Everyday Electronics

Posted: May 18 2017, 8:19am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

World's Thinnest Hologram Paves Way for Integration of 3-D Holography into Everyday Electronics
  • Australian-Chinese research team has created the world's thinnest hologram paves path to new 3-D world
 

It seems that the scientists may be onto a novel invention when they say that stretchable 3D holograms are the new thing on the horizon that are paving the way towards the integration of 3D holography into everyday electronics like smartphones, computers and TVs.

Holograms are a part and parcel of science fiction and even modern science on a partial basis. Yet the 3D kind which are shown on the TV program Star Trek are not something we are capable of producing just yet.

However, some researchers are getting there with what may be the world’s first stretchable hologram. This invention could allow for holographic animation one fine day in the future.

Holograms are rather like pictures or portraits. They use three dimensional light to create images of remarkable wonder and beauty. When they are given the right conditions of light and shade, they reproduce the original object with accuracy and fidelity.

All holograms record a single image. This is the normal way they operate in the real world. Yet now a hologram has been made that is transferable onto a flexible polymeric canvas which means that it could show several images at one and the same time.

The question that arises is: can various bits and pieces of data be encoded in a single hologram? It appears to be the case that yes it can indeed.

Metasurfaces were used to make this hologram. They can be flexed at the nanoscale level. It was an Australian-Chinese group of researchers that made such a hologram in the first place. This is the world’s slimmest hologram.

Such holograms could be a formal part of smartphones, computers and television sets. Today’s holograms are too huge for any application in electronica. The nanoscale hologram is very simple to construct out of scratch. It is a thousand times thinner than the breadth of a single strand of human hair. 

This hologram could come in handy in the fields of medicine, education, data storage, weapons systems and cyber-shields. A large number of industrial processes could also put this technology to good use.

The slim hologram’s pixel size is made ten times smaller than usual. A great many surfaces are ideal for the transference of this hologram in its entirety.

The research is published today in the journal Nature Communications.

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