Abstract

In this paper, an illumination lens design for a LED-based pico-projector is presented. Different from the traditional illumination systems composed by lens group, the integral illumination lens consists of a total internal reflector (TIR) and a freeform surface. TIR acts as collimation lens and its top surface formed by a freeform surface reshapes the nonuniform circular light pattern generated by TIR to be rectangular and uniform. Diameter and height of the lens are 16 and 10 mm, respectively. An optimization method to deal with the problem of extended light source is also presented in detail in this paper. According to the simulation results of the final optimized lens, 77% (neglecting the effect of polarization) of the power of light source is collected on liquid crystal on silicon panel with a 169 ratio and illumination uniformity achieves 92% .

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