Vintage Lasers & Holograms

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BobH
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Vintage Lasers & Holograms

Post by BobH » Sun Dec 12, 2021 10:18 am

I have finally gotten my new exhibit called "Vintage Lasers & Holograms" together enough to host a "soft opening" today. There are over 180 classic lasers and an equal number of associated things, including over two dozen holograms currently. The plan is to keep installing more holograms over time, as they take a lot of time to mount and light properly.

Many of the holograms are from my own 40-year career using all types of recording materials, including holographic polymer dispersed liquid crystal (HPDLC), and all of the common recording techniques (including the first published full parallax integral hologram). The exhibit occupies 1200 square feet in a shared space with my lab that features a 5x10' table where I'm currently making transmission and reflection HOEs in red (35mW SP-127), green (6W Coherent Verdi), and blue (150mW Kimmon He-Cd). This lab is also part of the display so visitors can see how a professional holographer works, what's necessary to get commercial quality holograms, and hopefully how to improvise with hobbyist level equipment to get similar results.

The exhibit will run to the end of April, 2022, but will likely be extended another year unless a more appropriate venue becomes available. The space I'm in was chosen to be isolated for R&D, and not for walk-by traffic. This is really a test to see if there is interest amongst the general public.

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Re: Vintage Lasers & Holograms

Post by jrburns47 » Sun Dec 12, 2021 10:43 am

Congratulations!🥳
I hope you get a lot of visitors but not so many that it interrupts your HOE work😮😊.
Would love to see the exhibit. Maybe make separate stabilized handheld video talking walkthroughs of the lasers and holograms for those of us unlikely to be able to visit?
Best wishes for the holidays🎄!

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Re: Vintage Lasers & Holograms

Post by dannybee » Mon Dec 13, 2021 12:40 pm

Congratulations! Bob what's the address :D thankyou for your dedication to holography and your hard work :P

BobH
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Re: Vintage Lasers & Holograms

Post by BobH » Thu Dec 16, 2021 9:29 am

If visitors interrupt my work too much, that's good! There are a few solutions for that, and it would show good general interest by the public. If not, I'll still pay the rent.

The exhibit is at 5020 S. Ash Ave. in Tempe, AZ. Open noon to six, Saturday to Wednesday. An easy bike ride from the ASU campus.

BobH
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Re: Vintage Lasers & Holograms

Post by BobH » Fri Dec 24, 2021 12:56 pm

Got the website up for the exhibit. Still need to move a late '70s Spectra-Physics model 170 Argon ion laser in, and a display case for the plasma-tubes. More holograms will also be added as they get mounted for safe display.

https://laserhistorymuseum.com/

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Re: Vintage Lasers & Holograms

Post by BobH » Thu Mar 17, 2022 8:38 am

A podcast discussing my collection and exhibit is now available here: https://www.photonics.com/Podcast/pce46?refer=picks

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Re: Vintage Lasers & Holograms

Post by BobH » Mon Apr 11, 2022 9:25 am

I'm happy to announce that this exhibit will be extended for the next year at least. I have to say the combination of holograms with old lasers really seems to work well, though they tend to steal the show amongst the general public. But that's fine with me!

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