Photographic reconstruction of the optical properties of an object in its own scattered radiation field in Soviet Physics Doklady 7 No. 6 pp. 543–545, December 1962 [SINGLE BEAM THREE-DIMENSIONAL HOLOGRAPHY]

American Institute of Physics, 1962. First English Language Edition. FIRST EDITION, full volume, OF THE FIRST TRANSLATION OF THE PAPER IN WHICH DENISYUK, USING SINGLE BEAM HOLOGRAPHY, INTRODUCES THE FIRST THREE-DIMENSIONAL REFLECTION HOLOGRAMS. Also known as the Denisyuk Hologram, Single Beam Reflection Hologram, or Off Axis Holography, it was the first time a hologram which could be viewed in light from an ordinary incandescent light bulb (History of Holography). Soviet Physics Doklady is a translation by the American Institute of Physics the physics sections of the Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR.

Yuri Nikolaevich Denisyuk (1927-2006) was a Soviet physicist and one of the founders of optical holography. In the mid-1950s, Denisyuk read Gabriel Lippmann’s 1891 Nobel Prize winning work on interferential photography – the production of extraordinary photographs via a protocol that used recorded light interference structures in an emulsion. Inspired, Denisyuk believed (and was right) that Lippmann’s technique could be used to record three-dimensional images. In 1958 and after extensive theoretical analysis, Denisyuk began by experimenting with mercury lamp sources. He would later say that beginning with a deep understanding of Lippmann’s work, his goal was “to develop image display devices which could reproduce an absolute illusion of the presence of the objects displayed” – he sought a general imaging technique that could reproduce and record the wave field of light in space. (Johnston, Absorbing New Subjects, Physics in Perspective 8, 2006, p. 167).

By 1962 when he published the paper offered here, Denisyuk was able to manipulate three-dimensional environments in such a way that he could retain – record -- information about phase, amplitude, and the spectral structure of the wave coming from an object.

Working entirely apart and unaware of each other’s research, Upatnieks and Leith, working in the United States, created holograms using similar methodology, however Denisyuk’s remains credited with the first white-light reflection holograms that could be viewed in ordinary incandescent light bulb. Taken together, there work marks the beginning of the true development of hologram technology. Item #1388

CONDITION & DETAILS: Full volume. Complete, but with flaws. 4to. 11 x 8.75 inches; 275 x 219mm. pp. 1-1200. Ex-libris. Large and solid red buckram ex-libris with a tiny gilt stamp reading “Du Pont Exp. Sta” at the foot of the spine; small closed tear at the head. Marks and underlining with pencil at most titles (appear to be editor marks?); some of those same kinds of marks appear in red rather than black pencil toward the end of the volume. As well, each paper has “List” stamped on it outside the margins and not impacting type. As said, a flawed volume that is still inclusive of a rare paper.

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