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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 18 — Sep. 8, 2014
  • pp: 21679–21689

High quality micro liquid crystal phase lenses for full resolution image steering in auto-stereoscopic displays

Kun Li, Brian Robertson, Mike Pivnenko, Yuanbo Deng, Daping Chu, Jiong Zhou, and Jun Yao  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 18, pp. 21679-21689 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.021679


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Abstract

The use of pixel-level tunable liquid crystal (LC) lenses to steer the images shown on a flat panel display in full resolution for auto-stereoscopic applications was proposed. Micro lenticular LC lenses of different full widths ranging from 40 to 140 µm were designed and fabricated with laser patterned transparent ITO electrodes as narrow as 10 µm in width and two LC materials of high birefringence. Optical characterization of the lenses showed consistent parabolic phase profiles closely matched to that of ideal lenses. A proof-of-concept device with an array of tunable micro LC lenses each covers two sub-pixels of different colors was fabricated and applied on a standard computer monitor to confirm its capability of sub-pixel-level image steering.

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OCIS Codes
(110.2760) Imaging systems : Gradient-index lenses
(120.2040) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Displays
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(220.3620) Optical design and fabrication : Lens system design
(230.3720) Optical devices : Liquid-crystal devices
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: June 6, 2014
Revised Manuscript: July 14, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: July 16, 2014
Published: August 29, 2014

Citation
Kun Li, Brian Robertson, Mike Pivnenko, Yuanbo Deng, Daping Chu, Jiong Zhou, and Jun Yao, "High quality micro liquid crystal phase lenses for full resolution image steering in auto-stereoscopic displays," Opt. Express 22, 21679-21689 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-18-21679


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