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Bullet and Shock Waves

Major collection: Holography
Named collection: Holography Collection
Object type: hologram
Maker: Wuerker, Ralph A.
Date made: 1966
Materials: laser transmission; glass
Measurements: 23 in x 20 in x 1 in
Nomenclature: commercial
Classification: holograms

Hologram (interferogram) set within a large piece of green-painted wood; printed on the wood above the hologram is "Holographic interferometry is also used to study fast-moving objects in space. Here, a double exposure shows the shock waves made by a bullet fired into the air. Using a pulsed ruby laser, the first exposure recorded the air in the bullet's path. The second froze the bullet as it passed through the space. The dark lines show the pattern of shock waves. Hologram by R.A. Wuerker, TRW, Inc., 1966."; however, it is difficult to discern any image in the plate using standard laser light.

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