Printable ink holograms

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  • Qiancheng Zhao
  • William R. Fowler
  • Seok Hyun Yun

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • National Nanotechnology Laboratory (NNL) of CNR-INFM, Via per Arnesano 73100 Lecce, Italy
  • Harvard Medical School and Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital


The development of single-step printable holographic recording techniques can enable applications in rapid data storage, imaging, and bio-sensing. The personalized use of holography is limited due to specialist level of knowledge, time consuming recording techniques, and high-cost equipment. Here, we report a rapid and feasible in-line reflection recording strategy for printing surface holograms consisting of ink using a single pulse of a laser light within seconds. The laser interference pattern and periodicity of surface grating as a function of tilt angle are predicted by computationally and demonstrated experimentally to create 2D linear gratings and three-dimensional (3D) images. We further demonstrate the utility of our approach in creating personalized handwritten signatures and 3D images.


Original languageEnglish
Article number041115
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2015

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