Laser diodes allow one to build a very thin, wide-gamut edge-lit backlight system for a direct-view liquid crystal display. An optical fiber is used to transfer its optical power into a light-guide. An ultrasound transmitter attached to the optical fiber is effective for reducing Speckle noise because the mechanical vibration introduced averages out the random interference patterns. In experiment, we built a backlight system with a green laser and evaluated Speckle noise by taking photographs under the conditions that mimicked human observation. The Speckle contrast intrinsic to the laser was reduced from 17% to 2% by turning on the ultrasound transmitter.
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Ichiro Fujieda, Takashi Kosugi, and Yuta Inaba, "Speckle Noise Evaluation and Reduction of an Edge-Lit Backlight System Utilizing Laser Diodes and an Optical Fiber," J. Display Technol. 5, 414-417 (2009)