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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 2010
  • pp: 2797–2805

Three-dimensional imaging with simultaneous reproduction of two image elements in one display pixel by information-dependent polarization coding

Vasily Ezhov  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 15, pp. 2797-2805 (2010)

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Information-dependent (active) polarization encoding can be used to simultaneously present two image-resolvable elements [elements of left and right views of a three-dimensional (3D) scene] in a single display pixel. Polarization decoding, with the help of passive polarization filters, makes it possible to separate elements of left and right views and to observe them independently by left and right eyes. In this paper the basic theory of such 3D displays is developed. The relevant solutions of the general equation of light elliptical polarization are obtained in all important cases: cases of controlled birefringence and/or optical activity as three basic controlled polarization encoders. The obtained formulas are essentially the forms of signals that should control the values of birefringence and optical activity to realize the required polarization encoding. Optical schemes of flat-panel direct-view stereoscopic and autostereoscopic displays with the use of liquid crystal polarization encoding matrices are considered.

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OCIS Codes
(110.2990) Imaging systems : Image formation theory
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: January 15, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 13, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 16, 2010
Published: May 13, 2010

Vasily Ezhov, "Three-dimensional imaging with simultaneous reproduction of two image elements in one display pixel by information-dependent polarization coding," Appl. Opt. 49, 2797-2805 (2010)

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