Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Computer Science

Document Type



Optical holography can produce very realistic virtual images due to its capability to properly convey the depth cues that we use to interpret three-dimensional objects. Computational holography is the use of digital representations plus computational methods to carry out the holographic operations of construction and reconstruction. The large computational requirements of holographic simulations prohibit present-day existence of real-time holographic displays comparable in size to traditional two-dimensional displays. Fourier-based approaches to calculate the Fresnel diffraction of light provide one of the most efficient algorithms for holographic computations because this permits the use of the fast Fourier transform (FFT). The limitations on sampling imposed by Fourier-based algorithms have been overcome by the development, in this research, of a fast shifted Fresnel transform. This fast shifted Fresnel transform was used to develop a tiling approach to hologram construction and reconstruction, which computes the Fresnel propagation of light between parallel planes having different resolutions. A new method for hologram construction is presented, named partitioned hologram computation, which applies the concepts of the shifted Fresnel transform and tiling.



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Committee Chair

John M. Tyler