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Application of DuPont photopolymer films to automotive holographic display
Author(s): Norihito Nakazawa; Motoshi Ono; Shoichi Takeuchi; Hiromi Sakurai; Masahiro Hirano
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Paper Abstract

Automotive holographic head-up display (HUD) systems employing DuPont holographic photopolymer films are presented. Holographic materials for automotive application are exposed to severe environmental conditions and are required high performance. This paper describes the improvement of DuPont photopolymer films for the automotive use, critical technical issues such as optical design, external color and stray light. The holographic HUD combiner embedded in a windshield of an automobile has peculiar problems called external color. Diffraction light from holographic combiner makes its external color tone stimulative. We have introduced RGB three color recording and color simulation in order to improve the external color. A moderate external color tone was realized by the optimization in terms of wavelengths and diffraction efficiencies of the combiner hologram. The stray light called flare arises from a reflection by glass surface of windshield. We have developed two techniques to avoid the flare. First is a diffuser type trap beam guard hologram which reduces the intensity of the flare. Second is the optimization of the design of hologram so that the incident direction of flare is lower than the horizon line. As an example of automotive display a stand-alone type holographic HUD system attached on the dashboard of an automobile is demonstrated, which provides useful driving information such as route guidance. The display has a very simple optical system that consists of only a holographic combiner and a vacuum fluorescent display. Its thin body is only 35 mm high and does not obstruct driver's view. The display gives high contrast and wide image.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 March 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3294, Holographic Materials IV, (26 March 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.304511
Show Author Affiliations
Norihito Nakazawa, Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Motoshi Ono, Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Shoichi Takeuchi, Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Hiromi Sakurai, Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Masahiro Hirano, Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3294:
Holographic Materials IV
T. John Trout, Editor(s)

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