Leith-Upatnieks holography in computational sensors

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Holographic optical elements are a critically enabling component of modern spectroscopy and spectral imaging systems. While the most common holographic elements are essentially those discovered in 1962 by Leith and Upatnieks, several decades passed prior to the effective integration of holography and sensing. Over 5 decades Emmett Leith was a prime mover in both the birth and the maturation of computational holographic sensors. Recent demonstrations of the unique utility of holographic filtering suggest that continued improvements in materials and recording processes for Leith's original concept will yield tremendous results. This paper describes the multiple order coded aperture (MOCA) spectrometer as an example of the potential for advanced holography in computational sensors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOptical Information Systems IV
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventOptical Information Systems IV - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 16 2006Aug 17 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherOptical Information Systems IV
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Coded apertures
  • Computational imaging
  • Holography
  • Spectral imaging
  • Spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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