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Array projection optics: multi-channel design for ultra slim projectors
Author(s): Marcel Sieler; Peter Schreiber; Peter Dannberg; Andreas Bräuer
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Paper Abstract

Common projection optics use a single aperture approach to create a magnified image on a screen. The transmitted flux of such systems always scales with their system dimensions thus preventing the realization of ultra compact devices along with a high lumen output. We introduce a new multi-channel approach that breaks this rule and enables the realization of ultra slim, laterally extended projection devices with high flux and integrated homogenization. Array projection optics consists of a regular two-dimensional arrangement of projective microlenses superposing their images on the screen. First we derive the scaling laws of such a multi-channel projector in contrast to common single aperture optics and analyze the system parameters of a single projection channel by Seidel aberration theory. Based on the application of these results to a variable array size the array projection optics are specified. The technological realization of a sample system with still image projection is shown and characterized with respect to modulation transfer and flux.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7716, Micro-Optics 2010, 77161A (13 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.854457
Show Author Affiliations
Marcel Sieler, Fraunhofer-Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (Germany)
Peter Schreiber, Fraunhofer-Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (Germany)
Peter Dannberg, Fraunhofer-Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (Germany)
Andreas Bräuer, Fraunhofer-Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7716:
Micro-Optics 2010
Hugo Thienpont; Peter Van Daele; Jürgen Mohr; Hans Zappe, Editor(s)

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