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Laser-activated remote phosphor light engine for projection applications
Author(s): Martin Daniels; Oliver Mehl; Ulrich Hartwig
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Paper Abstract

Recent developments in blue emitting laser diodes enable attractive solutions in projection applications using phosphors for efficient light conversion with very high luminance levels. Various commercially available projectors incorporating this technology have entered the market in the past years. While luminous flux levels are still comparable to lamp-based systems, lifetime expectations of classical lamp systems are exceeded by far. OSRAM GmbH has been exploring this technology for several years and has introduced the PHASER® brand name (Phosphor + laser). State-of-the-art is a rotating phosphor wheel excited by blue laser diodes to deliver the necessary primary colors, either sequentially for single-imager projection engines, or simultaneously for 3-panel systems. The PHASER® technology enables flux and luminance scaling, which allows for smaller imagers and therefore cost-efficient projection solutions. The resulting overall efficiency and ANSI lumen specification at the projection screen of these systems is significantly determined by the target color gamut and the light transmission efficiency of the projection system. With increasing power and flux level demand, thermal issues, especially phosphor conversion related, dominate the opto-mechanical system design requirements. These flux levels are a great challenge for all components of an SSL-projection system (SSL:solid-state lighting). OSRAM´s PHASER® light engine platform is constantly expanded towards higher luminous flux levels as well as higher luminance levels for various applications. Recent experiments employ blue laser pump powers of multiple 100 Watts to excite various phosphors resulting in luminous flux levels of more than 40 klm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 September 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9578, Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering XVI, 95780N (3 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2187412
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Martin Daniels, OSRAM GmbH (Germany)
Oliver Mehl, OSRAM GmbH (Germany)
Ulrich Hartwig, OSRAM GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9578:
Current Developments in Lens Design and Optical Engineering XVI
R. Barry Johnson; Virendra N. Mahajan; Simon Thibault, Editor(s)

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