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Injecting light of high-power LEDs into thin light guides
Author(s): Hugo J. Cornelissen; Chenhung Ho; Haiyan Ma; Marcel P. C. M. Krijn; Hans A. van Sprang
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Paper Abstract

A new method using a thin-film multilayer filter is described to couple light from high-power LEDs into a thin light guide such as an LCD backlight. Light emitted below the critical angle is reflected back to the LED and recycled. Largeangle emitted light passes the filter and is transported by total internal reflection in the light guide. The light guide can be as thin as 0.3mm for an LED of 1x1mm2, and the best coupling efficiency is estimated to be around 80%. With this approach, a backlight system can be greatly simplified but also compact collimators can be realized. In this paper the optical design and testing of the filter is described, and a 1mm thick, 6.5mm diameter collimator is presented that emits in a cone of 2×13°. Measurements on prototypes show good agreement with the designed characteristics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7652, International Optical Design Conference 2010, 765212 (8 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.870902
Show Author Affiliations
Hugo J. Cornelissen, Philips Research Europe (Netherlands)
Chenhung Ho, Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
Haiyan Ma, Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
Marcel P. C. M. Krijn, Philips Research Europe (Netherlands)
Hans A. van Sprang, Philips Research Europe (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7652:
International Optical Design Conference 2010
Julie Bentley; Anurag Gupta; Richard N. Youngworth, Editor(s)

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