Patent Number: 6,310,723

Title: Polarization luminaire and projection display

Abstract: A polarization luminaire is disclosed having a light source, a system of the optical integrator, a polarized light splitting device for splitting a light emitted from the light source into two kinds of polarized lights whose polarization directions are perpendicular to each other and whose traveling directions are apart from each other by an angle of less than 90 degrees, and a polarization conversion device for causing the two kinds of polarized lights to have the same polarization direction. The polarized light splitting device is placed on one of the entrance side and the outputting side of the first lens plate of the system of the optical integrator or is placed within the second lens plate. A prism beam splitter having a polarized light splitting film constituted by a thermally stable dielectric multi-layer film is suitable for the polarized light splitting device. Most of the polarized lights can be utilized by causing the polarized lights to have the same polarization direction. Further, the polarized lights, which have uniform brightness, can be emitted. Consequently, the polarization luminaire is suited to be a luminaire for use in a projection display that has liquid crystal light valves.

Inventors: Itoh; Yoshitaka (Nagano-ken, JP), Nakamura; Junichi (Nagano-ken, JP)

Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation

International Classification: G02B 27/28 (20060101); H04N 9/31 (20060101); G02F 1/1335 (20060101); G02F 1/13 (20060101); G02B 005/30 (); G03B 021/14 (); G02F 001/133 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018