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Explain the construction and reconstruction of hologram.

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A weak but broad beam of laser light is splitted into wo beams by means of beam splitter. One beam directly goes to the photographic film is called as reference beam and second beam illuminates the object called as object beam. The light scattered by the object moves towards the photographic plate and interferes with the reference beam. The photographic plate carrying complex interference pattern of the object is called hologram. The object is stored in the hologram in the form of interference pattern. Whenever required the object can be viewed by illuminating the hologram as shown in the figure below-

Reconstruction (unfreezing): A laser beam identical to the reference beam is used for reconstruction of the object. This read out bream illuminates the hologram at the same angle as the reference beam. The hologram acts as a diffraction grating and secondary waves from hologram interferes constructively in certain directions and destructively in other directions. They form a real image in front of the hologram and a virtual image behind the hologram at the original site of the object. An observer sees light waves diverging from the virtual image. An image of the object appears where the object once stood and the image is identical to what our eyes would have perceived in all its details of the object.

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