Abstract

The diffraction efficiency for a single-exposure holographic recording is compared with that of a multiple-exposure hologram recorded with maximum signal-to-bias ratio. For the multiple-exposure recording the object is illuminated point by point, and the reference wave amplitude for each subexposure is adjusted to produce a unity-contrast interferogram in the holographic recording plane. It is shown that, for the same M-point object and the same average exposure, the ratio of the single-exposure diffraction efficiency to the mulitple-exposure diffraction efficiency is proportional to M/R, where R is the reference-to-object beam ratio in the single-exposure case. This result is compared with that obtained in the multiple-exposure case when the reference wave amplitude assumes a constant value. Application areas include optical interconnects, holographic data storage, and volumetric multiplexed holograms for display.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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