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Optically active sol-gel microspheres for flat-panel color displays
Author(s): Edward J. A. Pope
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Paper Abstract

By the end of 1994, flat-panel displays for lap-top computers and televisions will exceed $4.0 billion in total sales. Currently, most such displays are based entirely upon an advanced liquid crystal technology requiring several precisely aligned LC layers. A new technology for flat- panel displays, based upon the solid-state luminescence of sol-gel derived microspheres has been proposed. Silica gel-derived microspheres can be prepared at near ambient temperatures, doped with either optically-active organic dye molecules or lanthanide ions. Microspheres doped to give red, blue, and green luminescence can be arranged in a pixel pattern to form the basis of a display screen. A single monochrome LC layer is used to modulate the excitation light, or pump source, that activates the fluorescence of each pixel.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 1994
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2288, Sol-Gel Optics III, (13 October 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.188989
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Edward J. A. Pope, Matech (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2288:
Sol-Gel Optics III
John D. Mackenzie, Editor(s)

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