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Pierre-Alexandre Blanche, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor

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1630 East University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85721
Tel: (520)626-5389







The Holographic 3D display project


The aim of this project is to develop an holographic 3D display using photorefractive polymer device (For an overview of different 3D technologies, click here).

Photorefractive polymers are dynamic, and fully reversible holographic recording material (see this section). So they can be used to write, erase, and refresh holograms. By writing the holograms at video rate, we ultimately can make a display.

Holograms are recorded into the polymer using the principle of stereography. This means the diffraction pattern is recorded pixel by pixel, and the data can come from various image sources,  like medical instrument, observation satelite, CAD models... And even our own live capture system composed of 16 cameras.

With this system, we demonstrated a telepresence application by filming a person in one room and sending the hologram data over the internet to be printed in another location. There the audience can see that person in 3D.

The current performances we have demonstrated are: 12x12 inches size, full color based on RGB, 2 second recording time (for 4x4"), full parallax, 45° angle of view, no material degradation over 2 years.


  • P.-A. Blanche, "Toward the Ultimate 3D Display", Information Display, February/March vol.28, No.03. 2012. Link
  • P.-A. Blanche et al., "Holographic three-dimensional telepresence using large-area photorefractive polymer", Nature, vol. 468, issue 7320, pp 80-83 4 November 2010. Link
  • P.-A. Blanche et al., “An updatable holographic display for 3D visualization”, IEEE Journal of Display Technology, Special Issue on Medical Displays , invited paper, vol.4, n°4, pp 424-430, (2008). Link
  • N. Peyghambarian et al., “Rewritable holographic 3-D displays”, optics and Photonics News , invited paper, Vol.19, No. 7/8, pp 22-27 and cover, July/August 2008. Link
  • S. Tay et al., “An updateable holographic 3D display”, Nature 451, 694-698, (2008). Link

Images and videos (click to play or enlarge)

Disney XD team spent two days in our lab for this segment of the Marvel Universe explaining 3D holographic imaging. See the video on youtube.


Color, full parallax, telepresence (November 2010)

Color hologram


Full parallax
 Large sample
Camera setup


50 Hz recording
Fast refreshing rate

New Hologram Pictures (January 2009)09)

6x6 inches samples compared to previous sizes (May 2006).

Video (May 2008): F4 and YF22 jet fighters in 3D.

Video (April 2008): Various monochrome holograms.

Artist rendering of the 3D display (June 2007).


The team (Feb 2008): P.-A. Blanche, N. Peyghambarian and S. Tay in front of the setup.

Large table enclosure (drawing/execution).

Video (June 2006): The Holographic 3D display setup in action
Recording Display Erasing played in real time

Video (May 2007): Our very first 3D image: a cube.










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