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The IHMA has published the following to assist converters, users and producers of holograms and holographic materials:

Glossary of Holographic Terms
Hologram Copyright Guidelines

Please click on one of the options below for details of publications produced by third parties – books, directories, industry studies, newsletters and journals.

Newsletters and Periodicals
Industry Studies and Reports
Technical and Reference Books


Authentication News

Monthly newsletter on authentication and anti-counterfeiting technologies and strategies. Published by Reconnaissance International.

Holography News

Monthly newsletter for the hologram industry. Published by Reconnaissance International.

Journal of Documents and Identity

Bimonthly magazine on high level security documents. Published by Keesing Reference Systems.

Industry Studies

Holo-pack•Holo-print Industry Survey & Market Report 2007-2012

This report is published by Reconnaissance, which has produced three similar reports over the past 13 years, all acknowledged for their accuracy in predicting the market for holography. The fourth edition provides a complete review and breakdown of all the major industry developments past, present and expected - giving in-depth forecasts for the next five years. As a benchmark for the industry, it is based on detailed quantitative field data, backed up by authoritative analysis.

Published by Reconnaissance International
Price: £2,625


Security Holograms

Security Holograms, part of the Technology Insights series published by Axess Technologies, is a guide and introduction to holograms as security devices and is intended to be useful and accessible to non-technical readers, as well as to a more technical audience. It is not intended to be a detailed text on optical physics and includes only a very brief description of hologram origination. The main focus is on the various applications, application methods, security features and security issues relating to holograms in document security and brand protection. The report also provides assistance in jargon busting by explaining some of the many different terms that are used to describe different types of holograms and features.

Published by Axess Technologies (2004)
Price: £90 / $180


Future of Holograms in Brand Packaging

Based on a major survey of hologram manufacturers and brand owners, this 200-page report measures and forecasts the fast-growing brand protection and brand decoration markets for holograms. Over 50 tables and figures of new primary data explain which applications, end-use sectors, hologram types and geographic markets will show the highest levels of growth and offer the most opportunities to hologram manufacturers. The report also pinpoints the key market drivers and trends and assesses their impact.

Published by Smithers Pira (2002)
Price: £2,375


Holograms and Metallised Packaging

This report is designed to show brand owners, converters and printers what can be achieved using holograms and metallised effects in consumer packaging. It is the published findings of a recent research project aiming to catalogue every example of holographic packaging currently available. Each case history explains how and why the effects were used, production techniques, costs and results. The book is divided by industry sector in order to provide sensible comparisons between similar formats such as pharmaceutical blister packs, detergent stand-up pouches and snack food flexible plastic bags and wraps.

Published by Smithers Pira (2002)
Price: £90.25


Reference Books

Holographic Visions – A History of New Science
By Sean F Johnston

Holography exploded on the scientific world in 1964, but its slow fuse had been burning much longer. Over the next four decades, the echoes of that explosion reach scientists, engineers, artists and popular culture. Emerging from classified military research, holography evolved to represent the power of post-war physics, an aesthetic union of art and science, the countercultural meanderings of holism, a cottage industry for waves of would-be entrepreneurs and fertile plot device for science fiction.

This book draws on the history and philosophy of science and technology, social studies, politics and cultural history to trace the trajectory of holography. The result is an in-depth account of how new science emerges.

Published by Oxford University Press (2006) -


Optical Document Security
By Rudolf van Renesse

The third edition of the reference book Optical Document Security is written by Rudolf van Renesse, an expert in the field and editor and co-author of the two previous editions (published in 1994 and 1998 respectively) and provides a comprehensive and cohesive treatment of all aspects of optical document security. The introduction on the theory of colours is followed by chapters on light interference and diffraction, substrate-based security, printing inks and printing techniques, printed security patterns (including screen decoded images and digital watermarks), diffractive- and interference-based security features, security design and evaluation and an introduction to biometrics. The emphasis is on both the physics of security features and their value in resisting counterfeiting, while the chapter evaluating security design looks at the human factors of first line document inspection.

The book's 350 pages contain over 270 black and white illustrations, including live security documents, and an appendix with samples of important security features. In addition, a CD-ROM is included which contains all illustrations of the book in full-colour.

Published by Artech House (2005) -


Computer Optics & Computer Holography
By Alex and Anton Goncharsky

The focus of this dense and lavishly-illustrated book of 290 pages is the use of flat computer optics to create holograms for use as authentication and anti-counterfeiting devices. The book is aimed at university physics level and covers the theory of flat optics, explaining the mathematical models and how to use them, then includes three chapters on the practical issues associated with the design of an optical element to focus a laser beam on a point or line. The authors then explain the creation of flat images and the use of flat optics in laser technologies. The final two chapters describe the design and computer origination of optical devices for overt and covert security technologies. The last chapter is illustrated with 27 samples to illustrate the different types of image that can be created, each sample accompanied by an explanatory text and artwork illustration.

Published in English and Russian by Moscow University Press (2004) - ISBN: ISBN 521104903-9


Practical Holography
By Graham Saxby

Practical Holography is a fully comprehensive text suitable for those involved in holography at any level, from the interested amateur to the practising research scientist. At its most basic level, the book introduces the principles behind holography, and takes the reader on a step-by-step course through the materials, equipment and techniques required to produce their own holograms. The treatment is written from a purely practical viewpoint, with the mathematical content kept to a minimum. At a more advanced level, the later chapters of the book are a valuable reference for research scientists working with holographic techniques in all applications. The 650-page third edition of this classic volume has been revised to reflect the changes in the technology available.

Published by the Institute of Physics (2004) - ISBN: 0750309121 -


Digital Holography: Digital Hologram Recording, Numerical Reconstruction, and Related Techniques
By Werner Juptner, Ulf Schnars

This book presents a self-contained treatment of the principles and major applications of digital hologram recording and numerical reconstruction. The first part deals with optical foundations and the theory of holography. The next section describes how to record holograms directly with an electronic sensor (CCD) and describes the various reconstruction techniques. A special chapter is designated to digital holographic interferometry with applications in deformation and shape measurement and refractive index determination. Applications in imaging and microscopy are also described. The next part discusses special techniques such as digital light-in-flight holography, holographic endoscopy, information encrypting and comparative holography. In the last chapter related techniques of speckle metrology are treated briefly.

Published by Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K (2004) - ISBN: 354021934X -


Digital Holography and Digital Image Processing: Principles, Methods, Algorithms
By Leonid Yaroslavsky

Digital holography and digital image processing are twins born by computer era. They share origin, theoretical base, methods and algorithms. This text describes these common fundamentals principles, methods and algorithms including: image and hologram digitization; data compression; digital transforms and efficient computational algorithms; statistical and Monte-Carlo methods; image restoration and enhancement; image reconstruction in tomography and digital holography; discrete signal resampling and image geometrical transformations; accurate measurements and reliable target localization in images; recording and reconstruction of computer generated holograms; adaptive and nonlinear filters for sensor signal perfecting; and image restoration and enhancement. The book combines theory, illustrated practical methods and efficient computational algorithms and is written for senior-level undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and engineers in optics, photonics, opto-electronics and electronic engineering.

Published by Kluwer Academic Publishers (2003) - ISBN: 1402076347 -