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Advantages of using high-pressure short-arc xenon lamps for display systems
Author(s): Serdar Yeralan; Douglas Doughty; Rudi Blondia; Rick Hamburger
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Paper Abstract

Xenon produces a brilliant white flash of light when it is excited electrically. The characteristics Xenon brings to short arc, high-pressure xenon lamps are substantial, particularly in display systems. The broadband and relatively flat profile of the xenon emission in the visible spectrum generates superior metameric matching to life-like colors, whereby the visible spectrums of other lamps generally contain spikes requiring additional adjustment. Xenon-powered lamps generate a native color point of 5900K to 6200K - very near the optimal D65 point - increasing efficiency and minimizing the need for filtering. Filtering often results in an undesirable loss of luminous efficacy. Instant turn-on/turn-off is possible since the xenon is in its gaseous state at the operating pressures of the lamp. This is an improvement over most ultra-high pressure mercury lamps requiring warm-up times. The DC drive of the lamp provides a compact arc near one of the electrodes that produces a very small volume of light that is ideal for coupling to elliptical reflectors. The light output can be dimmed by controlling the applied electrical power. Xenon-powered short arc, high-pressure lamps operate safely within the specified parameters, and incorporating a reflector within the lamp body provides alignment-free replacement. The xenon lamps also eliminate the use of mercury, an important benefit in today's environmentally-conscious industry.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 April 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5740, Projection Displays XI, (10 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.590713
Show Author Affiliations
Serdar Yeralan, PerkinElmer Optoelectronics (United States)
Douglas Doughty, PerkinElmer Optoelectronics (United States)
Rudi Blondia, PerkinElmer Optoelectronics (United States)
Rick Hamburger, PerkinElmer Optoelectronics (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5740:
Projection Displays XI
Ming H. Wu, Editor(s)

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