Late on a stormy night (Friday the 13th it was!) a shrill cry pierced the darkness and Daniel Smalley was born. Young Daniel was a farmhand by day and an intrepid experimenter by night. He once used an old metal bucket, some sand and a computer fan to construct an aluminum furnace for melting pop-cans and old screen doors into machine tool parts. He also built a number of circuits, a methane digester, a wind-powered electrolysis machine, a laser and a number of fine origami creations of various shapes and sizes. He experimented a great deal with holography, and for this reason was led to attend MIT where he earned a B.S., M.Eng, M.S., and Ph.D. degrees while working to create the world's first low-cost holographic video monitor. Now as a newly minted BYU professor, he is continuing his work in electroholography by fabricating new waveguide-based modulators. Professor Smalley aspires to create large, high resolution, interactive holographic and volumetric displays. He is also part of collaborations pursuing novel brain probes and tractor beam technologies.
Circuits 240 (a.k.a. 'kung fu circuits'), Winter 2014
Electroholographic Video Displays
Waveguide Spatial Light Modulators and Applications
·D. E. Smalley, Holovideo on-a-Chip: Integrated Optics for Holographic Video Displays, PhD thesis, MIT, 2013 (link to Dissertation)
·S. Jolly, D. E. Smalley, J. Barabas, and V. M. Bove, Jr. "Direct Fringe Writing Architecture for Photorefractive Polymer-based Holographic Video Displays: Analysis and Implementation," Optical Engineering, Vol. 52, no. 5, 055801, 2013.