Abstract

We report the results of our investigation on the viewing angle characteristics of achromatic waveplates. In our investigation, both Pancharatnam achromatic waveplate and Beckers achromatic waveplate are examined theoretically. We find that only Beckers configuration is capable of functioning as the achromatic waveplate over wide viewing angles and over the visible spectrum. Two types of extremely wide-viewing-angle achromatic crossed polarizers compensated by Beckers waveplates are obtained. The leakage of light is less than ${{10}}^{-4}$ over a 50$^{\circ}$ viewing cone for the visible spectrum. The results are presented and discussed.

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P. Yeh, "Leakage of light in liquid crystal displays and birefringent thin film compensators," Opt. Rev. 16, 1-7 (2009).

2005

2002

T. Ishinabe, T. Miyashita, T. Uchida, "Wide-viewing-angle polarizer with a large wavelength range," Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 41, 4553-4558 (2002).

1990

J. F. Clerc, M. Aizawa, S. Yamaguchi, J. Duchene, "Highly multiplexed super homeotropic LCD," J. Inst. Telev. Eng. Jpn. 44, 531-535 (1990).

1982

P. Yeh, "Extended Jones matrix method," J. Opt. Soc. Amer. 72, 507-513 (1982).

1975

1971

Appl. Opt.

J. Display Technol.

J. Inst. Telev. Eng. Jpn.

J. F. Clerc, M. Aizawa, S. Yamaguchi, J. Duchene, "Highly multiplexed super homeotropic LCD," J. Inst. Telev. Eng. Jpn. 44, 531-535 (1990).

J. Opt. Soc. Amer.

P. Yeh, "Extended Jones matrix method," J. Opt. Soc. Amer. 72, 507-513 (1982).

Jpn. J. Appl. Phys.

T. Ishinabe, T. Miyashita, T. Uchida, "Wide-viewing-angle polarizer with a large wavelength range," Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 41, 4553-4558 (2002).

Opt. Rev.

P. Yeh, "Leakage of light in liquid crystal displays and birefringent thin film compensators," Opt. Rev. 16, 1-7 (2009).

Other

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M. Bass, Handbook of Optics (McGraw-Hill, 1994).

S. Yamamoto, M. Aizawa, J. F. Clerc, T. Uchida, J. Duchene, "Homeotropic-alignment full-color LCD," SID Int. Symp. Dig. Tech. Papers (1989) pp. 378-381.

H. L. Eblen, Jr.W. J. Gunning, J. Beedy, D. Taber, L. Hale, P. Yeh, M. Khoshnevisan, "Birefringent compensators for normally white TN-LCD," SID Int. Symp. Dig. Tech. Papers (1994) pp. 245-248.

P. Yeh, C. Gu, "Birefringent optical compensators for TN-LCDs," Proc. SPIE (1998) pp. 224-235.

J. Chen, K.-H. Kim, J.-J. Jyu, J. H. Souk, J. R. Kelly, P. J. Bos, "Optimum film compensation modes for TN and VA LCDs," SID Int. Symp. Dig. Tech. Pap. (1998) pp. 315-318.

T. Ishinabe, T. Miyashita, T. Uchida, "Novel wide viewing angle polarizer with high achromaticity," SID Int. Symp. Dig. Tech. Papers (2000) pp. 1094-1097.

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