Glyndwr University opens new holographic centre

Wrexham-based Glyndwr University has opened a major new imaging and holographic centre to allow artists to work alongside research scientists.

The Centre for Ultra-Realistic Imaging, based at the university, gives artists the ability to create their own holograms with the support of world-leading imaging scientists.

It’s being run with the help of industrial partner Geola, an Anglo-Lithuanian holographics and laser manufacturer, which will carry out research in applied photonics, imaging and holography and allow students to produce holograms using advanced technology.

In late 2014, Geolga bought the assets of technology firm View Holographics and has since donated them to the university. The equipment, which includes an advanced holographic printer, is valued at over £1 million.

Research at the centre will focus on full-colour digital holographic printing, ultra-realistic analogue holography and modern optics – catering for MA, MSc and PhD students.

Dr Ardie Osanlou, head of the centre, said: “We’re extremely proud of GlyndŵrUniversity’s strength in the field of holography and imaging and expect to attract postgraduate students from both applied photonics and the visual arts from across the world.

“The collaboration between art and science is certainly unique and has been made possible by the university’s expertise within both fields. The centre is already attracting significant interest from students and commercial partners.”

Professor Hans Bjelkhagen and Professor David Brotherton-Ratcliffe, who are both significant scientists in the coherent imaging science industry, will teach at the centre.

Ardie added: “It’s vitally important that we have elite academics to support such a flagship research centre, and in Hans and David we have this.

“The application of holographics to everyday life is extensive, and the centre will also undertake research into auto-stereoscopic display systems, haptic/acoustic holography, real-time holographic displays and the theory of diffraction.

“We expect scientific applications of this work in areas such as medical imaging, laser engineering, 3D television, virtual reality and virtual telepresence.”

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