We propose to use a linear cylindrical taper as an optical line illuminator for various light-emitting-diode-based emerging scanning and display applications. A simple model to explain the mechanism of this line illuminator is presented. Experimental verifications are performed, and main performance characteristics are discussed.
© 1999 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 22, 1998
Revised Manuscript: January 19, 1999
Published: June 1, 1999
Jan Popelek, Yao Li, and Ting Wang, "Linear cylindrical taper as optical line source," Appl. Opt. 38, 3598-3601 (1999)