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Do We Really Need Pixels?

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Computer generated holograms have been a means of manipulating light for over 30 years, however it is recent developments in liquid crystal over silicon VLSI technology that has allowed them to become a commercial reality. In this presentation I will give an overview of how these holograms work and activities at Cambridge in computer generated holography over the last 10 years, including the recent commercial successes of holography for 2D and 3D projection display systems. I will also be looking into the future of this technology and the possible impact it may have on the fundamental concept of images, pixels and resolution.

Tim Wilkinson is a graduate of Canterbury University, New Zealand and gained his PhD from Magdalene College Cambridge. He is currently a Reader in Photonic Engineering in the Engineering Department of Cambridge University, member of the CMMPE group and a Fellow of Jesus College. He has been working in the field of photonics, holographic technology, devices and applications for over 19 years.

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