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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 19 — Sep. 15, 2008
  • pp: 15033–15038

Large-area and thin light guide plates fabricated using UV-based imprinting

Po-Hsun Huang, Tzu-Chien Huang, Yi-Ting Sun, and Sen-Yeu Yang  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 19, pp. 15033-15038 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.015033


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Abstract

As the demand of larger and thinner flat panel display increasing, conventional methods such as injection molding and hot embossing to fabricate light guide plates (LGPs) become difficult and unsuitable. This study reports a low-cost and high-throughput method to fabricate large-size (320 mm × 240 mm, 15” in diagonal) LGPs by using UV-based imprinting process. With the UV-based imprinting process, a large-size LGP with thickness down to 0.8 mm has been successfully fabricated. The optical property of fabricated LGP has been verified. This study has demonstrated the fabrication of large-size and thin LGPs by using UV-based imprinting process, and the possibility of UV-based imprinting process for fabricating other large thin optical elements.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

History
Original Manuscript: July 25, 2008
Revised Manuscript: August 22, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 30, 2008
Published: September 9, 2008

Citation
Po-Hsun Huang, Tzu-Chien Huang, Yi-Ting Sun, and Sen-Yeu Yang, "Large-area and thin light guide plates fabricated using UV-based imprinting," Opt. Express 16, 15033-15038 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-19-15033


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