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Dual paraboloid reflector system configurations for increasing brightness of an arc lamp
Author(s): Kenneth Li; Seiji Inatsugu
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Paper Abstract

The arc in an optical system is usually the brightest point in the system. For many applications including projection displays, the brightness of the arc plays an important role in determining the brightness of the projected image at the screen and the size of the imaging panel that can be used. Brightness cannot be increase outside the arc, but had been increased in many applications by spherical retro-reflectors, in which the light collected by the retro-reflector is focused back into the arc itself, thus increasing the brightness of the arc. Using the unique property, unit magnification, of the Dual Paraboloid Reflector (DPR) system, the arc can be manipulated in many different ways and the arc size is preserved after multiple reflections using DPR. The more times the image of the arc passes through the arc itself, the brighter the arc is. This increase in brightness allows a longer arc, lower brightness lamp to be used in higher brightness applications. In this paper, several configurations will be described where the brightness of the arc can be increased. Ray tracing results will also be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 2005
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5942, Nonimaging Optics and Efficient Illumination Systems II, 594201 (20 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.618246
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Kenneth Li, Wavien, Inc. (United States)
Seiji Inatsugu, Wavien, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5942:
Nonimaging Optics and Efficient Illumination Systems II
Roland Winston; R. John Koshel, Editor(s)

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