Of course you know how a laser is created. Ordinary light is beamed through a crystal. After bouncing around the internal structure of the crystal, the light comes out in a highly organized beam. That’s not the only way to create laser light. LASER actually stands for, “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”. Besides crystals laser can be produced by stimulating some molecules until they emit laser light.
The properties of laser light are still being explored, but those already discovered have revolutionized modern technology. One of the concepts illuminated by laser light is that of holography.
What makes a hologram work is that the two beams of laser light that illuminate the object are not only the same type, but in perfect synchronization. This is accomplished by passing the light through glass that reflects half of the light, thus splitting the beam in two. The main beam is then directed at the object, while the reflected one is directed at the photographic film from an angle. Where the reflected and direct laser light intersect, interference patterns are created that are recorded on the surface of the film.
The resulting pattern is meaningless when seen in ordinary light, but when illuminated by the original laser, it produces a 3D image of the original object.
The interference patterns captured on film are not focused by a lens and therefore the information thus recorded is evenly distributed over the recording surface. If you cut the original film in half, each part will still produce the whole image, when illuminated by the laser. If you cut the film in quarters, or eighths or sixtyfourths, each part will still produce the whole image when lit by the laser, although detail is lost with the decrease in total information.
Quoted from, “The Holographic Universe”, by Michael Talbot
The “whole in every part” nature of a hologram provides us with an entirely new way of understanding organization and order. For most of its history, Western science has labored under the bias that the best way to understand a physical phenomenon, whether a frog or an atom, is to dissect it and study its respective parts.
A hologram teaches us that some things in the universe may not lend themselves to this approach. If we try to take apart something constructed holographically, we will not get the pieces of which it is made, we will only get smaller wholes.”
Not only that, but if the Universe is indeed constructed holographically, breaking things into smaller and smaller parts will eventually get us to a point where the the structural integrity that generates the hologram is broken. At that point, the particles that result no longer have a holographic context. They no longer exist within the system. You no longer get “smaller wholes”, but pieces that no longer contain anything of the whole, at all.
In other words, when the fundamental structure is damaged or otherwise changed beyond a certain point, the energy dissipates and nothing is left. It is the structure which contains the holographic information that makes matter what it is. The structure defines how the energy will function in the System. Since all elements are built out of light energy, it is the structure that differentiates between one element and another. From this vantage point, matter being energy organized by information, fractured atoms are useless to study, as they are no longer a functional part of the System.
A Coherent Electromagnetic Field
What the laser does in holography is bath the object in synchronized light, producing a coherent electromagnetic field. This special type of electromagnetic field has some interesting properties. The most important one may be that, input into a coherent electromagnetic field is received simultaneously throughout the entire field. This phenomenon is related to a thing called “entanglement”, confirmed by recent experiments. Particles that are in perfect synch seem to act as one across time/space.
Conversely, the information regarding the internal dynamic of the field is available as output at the outer boundary of the field. This is what is happening when a photon bounces off of the electromagnetic field generated by molecules. At the boundary layer of the molecule’s electromagnetic field, the photon collects the holographic information regarding its composition and carries it wherever it goes.
This is related to the phenomenon that makes it impossible to locate exactly where an electron is going to be in orbit around a nucleus. To the coherent electromagnetic field that holds the atom together, electrons are everywhere in their orbit at once.
The properties of this highly synchronized electromagnetic phenomenon border on the magical and give us a sound explanation for many of our most persistent mysteries, and certainly many of the “anomalies” of science. However, understanding this phenomenon also reveals some of our shortcomings as participants in a healthy environment.
In theoretical terms the holographic model fits right in with information processing systems we’ve been looking at. One of the important properties of holography is the ability to store large amounts of information in a small space.
More from Michael Talbot:
“Similarly, it has been discovered that in addition to their other capabilities, holograms possess an astounding capacity for information storage–simply by changing the angle at which the two lasers strike a piece of photographic film, it is possible to record many different images on the same surface. It has been demonstrated that one cubic centimeter of film can hold as many as 10 billion bits of information.”
Besides the angle, changing the wavelength or phase of the laser makes it possible to store even even more data. When we experiment with holograms we uncover a fundamental part of the living process. These holographic principles were discovered by laboratory experiments, but the same principles are found to be active in biological systems.
According to Bohm, holographic principles are in operation at the Quantum level of matter. In his view, these principles are fundamental to the relationship between light and matter.
This is not the only way to create a hologram. The same effect can be created by the synchronized firing of neurons, for example. According to Pribram, these principles play a part in the process that produces our own thought or consciousness.
This concept gives us, “an entirely new way of understanding organization and order.” This applies all the way up and down the scale from Quantum Physics to Astronomy.