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Optical Engineering

Contrast-improving methods for Digital Micromirror Device projectors
Author(s): Youri Meuret; Patrick De Visschere
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Paper Abstract

This paper discusses contrast degradation in projection displays that use the Digital Micromirror DeviceTM (DMDTM) of Texas Instruments. Various possible mechanisms for the degradation of the contrast ratio are investigated by using optical ray-trace simulations and performing some experiments. It is found that the scattering of light at the DMD is the principal source of contrast degradation. This scattering is implemented in our simulations of the DMD projector in the optical ray-trace program ASAP. This enables us to simulate the contrast ratio in a realistic way. Two methods to improve the contrast ratio are proposed. Both methods, however, reduce the total light transmission of the projector. These methods are illustrated with our simulation model, and quantitative results are given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 2003
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 42(3) doi: 10.1117/1.1542594
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 42, Issue 3
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Youri Meuret, Ghent Univ. (Belgium)
Patrick De Visschere, Univ. Gent (Belgium)

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