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Appl Opt. 2007 Aug 1;46(22):5097-102.

Portable digital micromirror device projector using a prism.

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  • 1Department of Optics and Photonics, National Central University, Jhongli 32001, Taiwan.


A newly designed ultrasmall total internal reflection prism with a size of 29 mm x 22 mm x 24 mm and weight of 19.5 g is proposed for use in a pocket-sized Digital Micromirror Device projector. The entire projector, including an arc lamp illumination, relay, and projection system, has a height of 48 mm and a footprint of 80 mm x 132 mm. By using an overdriving f/2.0 projection lens, the geometric efficiency of the projection system, eta(geo-pro), can be enhanced from 80% to 92%. Although, at the same time, the contrast decreased from 1200:1 to 500:1, this can be enhanced using an off-axis stop. By tuning the position of the stop, the contrast can be as high as 3700:1 for a eta(geo-pro) equal to 90%. Using what we believe to be a novel prism design, we can get a very compact optical system with a high efficiency and good contrast ratio.

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