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Holography was the science of producing holographic technology. On Earth, the technology came into existence during the 20th century.

During the 22nd century the Xyrillians possessed highly advanced holographic technology, unlike any visual simulator, the most advanced form of the technology found on Earth at that time, that Charles Tucker had ever experienced before. Through the use of resequenced photons, they were able to produced seemingly real effects, capable of producing the effects including changeable perspectives, as well as realistic sensory perceptions, including olfactory sensations. When the Xyrillians were threatened by the Klingons in 2151, Tucker made reference to their "incredible holography", telling the Klingons that "I don't know how advanced Klingon holograms are, but these are like nothing I ever saw before," as a suggestion that it might be in their best interest to spare the Xyrillians in exchange for their technology. (ENT: "Unexpected")

During the 24th century the science took great strides, thanks to the efforts made by Doctor Lewis Zimmerman, "the father of modern holography," and winner of the Daystrom Prize for holography. One of his greatest contributions to the field was the invention of the holomatrix that made holographic programs, such as that used in the EMH, possible. (VOY: "Life Line")

In 2367, the starship used by a con artist who posed as Ardra was employed advanced holography which she could project from her ship to both planet-side locations, as well as other starships. In her efforts to defraud the people of Ventax II into doing her bidding, she used holography in order to appear as Ardra to various locations throughout the planet. She was able to control the holography by blinking her eyes. Her efforts were discovered by Jean-Luc Picard, who described her techniques as "a fairly ingenious combination of force field projection, holography, and transporter effects." (TNG: "Devil's Due")


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