Abstract

Lippmann photography is based on Bragg diffraction from photographically recorded volume gratings, in which the index and absorption variations occur mainly in the direction normal to the film plane. A simplified model of the process is formulated. A first Born analysis is used to find a simple physical description of the reconstruction process. More accurate computer simulations, based on the theory of wave propagation in a stratified medium, confirm the predictions from the first Born analysis and permit modeling of situations in which the first Born analysis breaks down. A number of computed spectral response curves are used to illustrate the dependence of the color and tone reproduction properties of the process on typical recording parameters.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

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