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Large-screen projection displays with laser brightness amplifiers
Author(s): Gueorgii G. Petrash; Vladimir V. Chvykov; Konstantin I. Zemskov
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Paper Abstract

One of the most difficult problems of large-screen projection displays is overloading of a panel to be projected with illuminating light. The problem can be solved by using, on the way from a panel to be projected to a screen, an optical amplifier with high enough amplification. The prospects of using laser amplifiers in projection displays are discussed. Among all laser amplifiers the most suitable for application as optical amplifiers in projection systems are now pulsed metal vapor laser and metal halide laser amplifiers. They have rather high gain enabling amplification in the range from 102 to 104 and high average output power sufficient to illuminate a large screen. The main characteristics of these amplifiers are described. The results of experimental investigations of projection systems with copper, copper bromide, gold and some other metal vapor amplifiers are reported. In all cases good quality amplified images were obtained. Average power at the output of amplifiers was under typical conditions of operation comparable with the output power of a laser with the same amplifying element. Measurement of contrast of amplified images showed that under normal conditions of operation it is close to the contrast of the input picture even at strong saturation of the amplifying medium. The influence of the amplifier saturation is briefly discussed. The results of experiments with TV projection systems using two types of liquid crystal spatial light modulators are presented and prospects of large-screen projection displays development are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 May 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3013, Projection Displays III, (8 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.273872
Show Author Affiliations
Gueorgii G. Petrash, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russia)
Vladimir V. Chvykov, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russia)
Konstantin I. Zemskov, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3013:
Projection Displays III
Ming Hsien Wu, Editor(s)

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