Abstract

Light-in-flight recording by holography and other ultrahigh-speed recording methods are used to study objects at speeds that are a large fraction of that of light. At these velocities, usually referred to as relativistic, image distortions caused by the limited speed of light can no longer be neglected. A slightly modified holodiagram is introduced which can be used graphically to restore the images of objects that appear distorted because of a constant relativistic velocity. The diagram compensates automatically for all known distortions of time and space and should thus be especially useful for the evaluation of ultrahigh-speed motion pictures. The derivation of the diagram is simple and can be of value as an educational tool in the optics of special relativity.

© 1984 Optical Society of America

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