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4 June 2003 A crossroads for holography?
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Our interest in this paper is the future of the holography industry. As a commercial entity, that industry has a 20-year history and has consistently grown. But the past year has seen that growth falter for the first time. There are several factors influencing this slowdown in growth, some of them external. But the industry is at a crossroads and it can continue along its established path, which is unlikely to see growth return to past levels; or it can look for new challenges, new products and new markets, seeking a return to major growth in new directions. We recognise that most of the participants in Practical Holography may perceive themselves to be distant from the hologram industry, or protected from its fortunes. Many of those here are researchers in academe, or specialist research organisations; others are from the research labs of large companies, for which holography is only a small part of a large business; some of you are artists or independent holographers. But no-one in the holography community is isolated -- it is a community, and like any community its members are interdependent or co-dependent. So what happens in the industry is likely to affect, directly or indirectly, many of you here.
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Ian M. Lancaster "A crossroads for holography?", Proc. SPIE 5005, Practical Holography XVII and Holographic Materials IX, (4 June 2003);


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