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Luminous Windows 2011
December 10, 2010 - April 1, 2011
The MIT Museum’s 3rd annual Luminous Windows winter exhibition of holography features technical achievements by companies and individuals working in this revolutionary imaging technology since 1984. Every evening for several months the following holograms are on view to the public in the windows of the MIT Museum, facing Massachusetts Avenue.
The holograms on view represent historical breakthroughs and state-of-the-art techniques. In addition to developments in computer-generated holography and digital holographic printing, the exhibition also highlights innovations in analog holography, including large-scale and high-resolution images with dramatic depth and clarity.
T-Rex Skull by John Perry (1988)
Seth Riskin, manager of the MIT Museum’s Emerging Technologies and Holography/Spatial Imaging Initiative explains some concepts about holography:
“Holography is the most advanced means of imaging we have. It’s “real” virtual reality—true 3-D without the material—and it represents how the human brain and light information interact to create the experience of three-dimensional space.
Holography is like photography in that light information is recorded in photosensitive film. In other ways, however, a hologram is significantly different. A hologram is a recording of the light wavefront interference pattern reflected by an object. This record then functions as an optic: when light is projected through the hologram, the light wavefront interference pattern of the original object is reconstructed and this, the brain interprets as 3-D.