Sci-Fi Holograms: Highest Quality Holographic Images Ever Achieved
Australian National University physicists have invented a tiny device that they say creates the highest quality holographic images ever achieved - opening the door to imaging technologies seen in science fiction movies such as Star Wars. Holograms perform very complex manipulations of light, and enable the storing and reproduction of all information carried by light in 3D. In contrast, standard computer monitors capture and display only a portion of 2D information. The new device, which is comprised of millions of tiny silicon pillars, could replace bulky components to miniaturize cameras and save costs in space missions by reducing the size and weight of optical systems on spacecraft.