A new method is proposed in this paper for the synthesis and encryption of information with digital holography technique and virtual optics. By using a three-step phase-shifting interferometry, the fused or subtracted digital hologram can be calculated from different interference patterns. To protect the digital data that can be transmitted through communication channel, an encryption approach based on virtual optics is also proposed. The encryption method proposed is based on extended fractional Fourier transforms. Both the encryption and decryption processes are performed in all-digital manner. The encrypted data and the synthesized data reconstructed numerically also can be stored and transmitted in the conventional communication channel. Numerical simulation results are given to verify the proposed idea.
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