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5 August 2015 Design and stray light analysis of ultra-thin geometrical waveguide
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Nowadays, the waveguide has the advantages of small thickness and light weight so that it attracts more and more attention in the field of near-eye display. However, as a major problem, stray lights generated in the waveguide seriously degrade the display quality. In this paper, a geometrical waveguide with a beam-splitting mirror array (BSMA) is designed by using the non-sequential ray-tracing software LightTools, and great efforts are paid to study the causes and solutions of the stray light. With mass calculation and optimization based on the criterion of stray light/useful light ratio, an optimum design with the least amount of stray lights is found. To further eliminate the stray light, a novel structure that couples the rays into the waveguide is designed. The optimized waveguide has a FOV of 36° in the pupil-expanding direction of the waveguide, with stray light energy reduced to 1% over the useful light, the exit pupil diameter is 11.6mm at an eye relief of 20mm and the thickness is 2.4mm.
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Qiwei Wang, Dewen Cheng, Qichao Hou, Yuan Hu, and Yongtian Wang "Design and stray light analysis of ultra-thin geometrical waveguide", Proc. SPIE 9618, 2015 International Conference on Optical Instruments and Technology: Optical Systems and Modern Optoelectronic Instruments, 961815 (5 August 2015); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2193455
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