Chapter 1

Introduction

Abstract

In this book, we specifically consider the problem of representation and compression of holographic data. Indeed, digital holographic data represents a huge amount of information which has to be efficiently handled. In addition, a very high data rate is needed for a real-time system. These two drawbacks constitute major bottlenecks. Clearly, efficient compression of holographic visual information is a critical aspect. Given that the signal properties of holograms differ significantly from those of natural images and video sequences, merely applying existing compression techniques (e.g., JPEG or MPEG standards) remains a suboptimal method. This field of research is still relatively new and clearly calls for innovative ...

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