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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 13 — May. 1, 1999
  • pp: 2775–2786

Viewing angle of liquid-crystal displays: representation on the Poincaré sphere

Koenraad Vermeirsch, Arnout De Meyere, Johan Fornier, and Herbert De Vleeschouwer  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 13, pp. 2775-2786 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.38.002775


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Abstract

Using the extended Jones calculus for oblique incidence, we have succeeded in representing light propagation through birefringent media on the Poincaré sphere for arbitrary propagation directions. The situation is far more complicated than for the case of perpendicular transmission. To achieve a simple representation method we had to define appropriate conventions. One can use the method to evaluate the efficiency of existing viewing-angle compensation foils. The Poincaré sphere turns out to be a valid geometrical method for the design of new compensation foils that optimize the contrast ratio. The different parameters of a homogeneous compensation foil that is applied to a liquid-crystal display to improve the viewing-angle properties can be systematically determined.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(230.4320) Optical devices : Nonlinear optical devices
(260.1180) Physical optics : Crystal optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 18, 1998
Revised Manuscript: January 4, 1999
Published: May 1, 1999

Citation
Koenraad Vermeirsch, Arnout De Meyere, Johan Fornier, and Herbert De Vleeschouwer, "Viewing angle of liquid-crystal displays: representation on the Poincaré sphere," Appl. Opt. 38, 2775-2786 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-38-13-2775

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