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Optical Engineering

Light polarization in support of stereoscopic display
Author(s): Vivian K. Walworth
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Paper Abstract

The encoding of three-dimensional image pairs by polarization was proposed as early as the 1890s, perhaps stimulated by the popularity of stereoscopic photography, the proliferation of devices for viewing side-by-side stereoscopic images, and the invention of the anaglyph. The introduction of inexpensive sheet polarizing material gave rise to new three-dimensional technologies, starting in the 1930s with 16-mm black-and-white motion pictures projected by paired projectors equipped with orthogonally oriented polarizing filters. Further advances included the introduction of color, the concept of printing left- and right-eye images on a common carrier, and most recently the development of digital photography and the utilization of polarizers in both two- and three-dimensional digital color display.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 February 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Opt. Eng. 51(2) 021104 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.51.2.021104
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 51, Issue 2
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Vivian K. Walworth, StereoJet, Inc. (United States)


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