Improving head-up display with waveguides and holographic optical elements

Colton M. Bigler, Micah S. Mann, Craig Draper, Arkady Bablumyan, Pierre Alexandre Blanche

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations


Head-up displays offer ease-of-use and safety advantages over traditional head-down displays when implemented in aircraft and vehicles. Unfortunately, in the traditional head-up display projection method, the size of the image is limited by the size of the projection optics. In many vehicular systems, the size requirements for a large field of view head-up display exceed the space available to allocate for these projection optics. Thus, an alternative approach is needed to present a large field of view image to the user. By using holographic optical elements affixed to waveguides, it becomes possible to reduce the size of the projection system, while producing a comparatively large image. Additionally, modulating the diffraction efficiency of some of the holograms in the system presents an expanded viewing eyebox to the viewer. This presentation will discuss our work to demonstrate a magnified far-field image with an in-line two-dimensional eyebox expansion. It will explore recording geometries and configurations and will conclude by discussing challenges for future implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPractical Holography XXXIII
Subtitle of host publicationDisplays, Materials, and Applications
EditorsHans I. Bjelkhagen, V. Michael Bove
ISBN (Electronic)9781510625303
StatePublished - 2019
EventPractical Holography XXXIII: Displays, Materials, and Applications 2019 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Feb 4 2019Feb 5 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferencePractical Holography XXXIII: Displays, Materials, and Applications 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


  • Diffraction
  • Field of View
  • Head-Up Display
  • Holographic Optical Element
  • Holography
  • Waveguide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Improving head-up display with waveguides and holographic optical elements'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this