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Sandbox Holography Kit
Great hands-on activity to introduce students to the study of light and holography

The Sandbox Holography Kit is the perfect classroom introduction to the fascinating field of holography. It will dramatically demonstrate how holograms are photographed and how they can be used. The kit includes instructions and all of the optical elements required to shoot a wide variety of different types of holographic setups. Starting out with simple Direct Beam Reflection and Transmission Holograms, the manual proceeds to instructions for shooting 360 Cylindrical Holograms and Multiple Beam Reflection and Transmission Holograms. The vast information storage capacity of Multiple Channel Holograms and the precise measurement capabilities of Holographic Interferometry are discussed along the way. As compared to the numerous "simple" holography kits on the market today, the 11 different holograph setups detailed in Sandbox Holography offer a far more comprehensive treatment of holographic techniques and uses.

The manual also includes instructions for building a rigid, massive "sandbox" used to dampen shocks and vibrations, providing a stable platform on which to set the holographic photography components. The setup and use of a Michelson Interferometer to test the rigidity and stability of the finished sandbox are also discussed. The study of this fascinating apparatus can be turned into an activity of its own.

Instructions are also provided for care and cleaning of the optical elements.

  Sandbox Holography Kit

Part Number: 45-633A 
Price: $190.00
Instruction Guide

Suggested Laser to use with this kit:

ML 869A
Helium Neon Laser
Interferometer Kit

The Sandbox Holography Kit can be used with any of our Class IIIa Helium Neon Lasers, as well as many other red (633 to 650 nm) laser sources. Higher power lasers allow shorter exposure times.

The contents of the Sandbox Holography Kit include: 50:50 beam splitter; two 38 x 25 mm first surface mirrors; 110 x 80 mm first surface mirror for redirecting a divergent beam; two mounted +7 mm diverging lenses; magnetic mounts for positioning all optical elements; film holder assembly; two beam test and shutter cards; green filter for a safe-light; sample transmission hologram; matte plastic Mylar film for soft lighting effects; plastic jar, and sample object to make and view 360-degree holograms; one package of extremely high resolution PFG-01 film for making holograms; set of ready-to-mix developing chemicals; " x 20 screw for sealing tripod mounting hole on bottom of laser from sand; foam-lined carrying case; and an illustrated instruction booklet.


All manufacturers of lasers used in the United States, must conform to regulations administered by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CDRH categorizes lasers as follows:

 Class 1

A laser or laser system which does not present a hazard to skin or eyes for any wavelength or exposure time. Exposure varies with wavelength. For ultraviolet, .2 to .4m exposure is less than from .8 or near IR, the exposure is < 200w. Consult CDRH regulations for specific information.

 Class 2

Any visible laser with an output less than 1 mW of power. Warning label requirements yellow caution label stating maximum output of 1 mW. Generally used as classroom lab lasers, supermarket scanners and laser pointers.

 Class 3a

Any visible laser with an output over 1 mW of power with a maximum output of 5 mW of power. Warning label requirements red danger label stating maximum output of 5 mW. Also used as classroom lab lasers, in holography, laser pointers, leveling instruments, measuring devices and alignment equipment.

 Class 3b

Any laser with an output over 5 mW of power with a maximum output of 500 mW of power and all invisible lasers with an output up to 400 mW. Warning label requirements red danger label stating maximum output. These lasers also require a key switch for operation and a 3.5-second delay when the laser is turned on. Used in many of the same applications as the Class IIIa when more power is required.

 Class 4

Any laser with an output over 500 mW of power. Warning label requirements red danger label stating maximum output. These lasers are primarily used in industrial applications such as tooling, machining, cutting and welding. Most medical laser applications also require these high-powered lasers.

 CDRH Classification  
 Laser Emission Color  
 Laser Mode  
 Operating  Unit  Value
 Input Voltage  V
 Input Current  mA
 Wavelength  nm  
 Optical Output Power, Nominal  mW  
 Power, (min/max)  mW   /
 Beam Diameter  mm  
 Beam Divergence  mRad  
 Digital Modulation  MHz
 Analog Modulation  Hz to MHz
 Mechanical  Unit  Value
 Operating Temperature  ° C  
 Housing  cm