The paper discusses the principle and characteristics of 3D display based on random source constructive interference (RSCI). The voxels of discrete 3D images are formed in the air via constructive interference of spherical light waves emitted by point light sources (PLSs) that are arranged at random positions to depress high order diffraction. The PLSs might be created by two liquid crystal panels sandwiched between two micro-lens arrays. The point spread function of the system revealed that it is able to reconstruct voxels with diffraction limited resolution over a large field width and depth. The high resolution was confirmed by the experiments. Theoretical analyses also shows that the system could provide a 3D image contrast and gray levels no less than that in liquid crystal panels. Compared with 2D display, it needs only additional depth information, which brings only about 30% data increment.
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