Has anyone invented an optical waveguide that can "pipe" a scene from one place to another unaltered? More precisely, I want to displace (and/or rotate) a 4D light field.
An optical waveguide is an EM waveguide engineered to operate at visible wavelengths.
A light field is a computer graphics concept that represents the RGB intensities and directions of photons in a given linear span of a 3D room.
All the light in a room can be described as a 5D light field: the RGB value at each sample along 5 dimensions:
- theta (compass bearing)
- phi (inclination)
- x (+x = right)
- y (+y = down)
- z (+z = into scene)
A 5D light field sampled along a 3D linear span comes out as still a 5D light field. But a 5D light field sampled along a 2D linear span (such as the aperture of a camera, eye, or display) comes out as a 4D light field.
Thus, this hypothetical "light field waveguide" could also be summarized as "the perfect periscope" or "fiber optics for images". You would be able to use one of these to, e.g. create a window between any two rooms, even if they are miles apart.
Any ideas on how to make one of these? Don't say light-field-camera -> video-streaming -> light-field-display, because I'm already working on that. ;)