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  • Vol. 10, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 2014
  • pp: 208–214

Polarization-Preserving Light Guide Plate for a Linearly Polarized Backlight

Zhenyue Luo, Yu-Wen Cheng, and Shin-Tson Wu

Journal of Display Technology, Vol. 10, Issue 3, pp. 208-214 (2014)


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Abstract

We analyze the polarization-preserving property of two conventional edge-lit light guide plates (LGPs) based on scattering dots and refractive microgrooves and find that these two structures almost completely depolarize the incident linearly polarized light. We then propose a new edge-lit LGP based on total internal reflection (TIR). Simulation results show that such a TIR-based LGP can largely preserve the polarization state of the incident linearly polarized light. The polarization efficiency is 77.2%. By incorporating a linearly polarized LED to our proposed LGP, the overall optical gain is 1.54 compared with the backlight system with an unpolarized LED. At on-axis, the luminance is $2.4\times$ higher. Because the output light is concentrated near the surface normal direction, no additional brightness enhancement film is needed. This polarization-preserving LGP enables a polarized or partially polarized LED backlight to be used, which in turn greatly enhances the optical efficiency of a LCD.

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Zhenyue Luo, Yu-Wen Cheng, and Shin-Tson Wu, "Polarization-Preserving Light Guide Plate for a Linearly Polarized Backlight," J. Display Technol. 10, 208-214 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/jdt/abstract.cfm?URI=jdt-10-3-208


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