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  • Editor: C. Martijin de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 9 — Apr. 30, 2007
  • pp: 5789–5800

Simulations of birefringent gratings as polarizing color separator in backlight for flat-panel displays

Man Xu, H. Paul Urbach, and Dick K.G. de Boer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 9, pp. 5789-5800 (2007)

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A color and polarization separating backlight can be obtained by using a surface-relief grating made of birefringent material as an outcoupling structure on top of the lightguide. A rigorous finite element diffraction model was applied to study the polarization effect of such a grating. The diffraction of plane waves by the anisotropic grating was studied for general conical incidence.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: January 24, 2007
Revised Manuscript: February 28, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: April 14, 2007
Published: April 26, 2007

Man Xu, H. Paul Urbach, and Dick K. G. de Boer, "Simulations of birefringent gratings as polarizing color separator in backlight for flat-panel displays," Opt. Express 15, 5789-5800 (2007)

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