Occlusion-capable optical-see-through near-eye display using a single digital micromirror device

Yeon Gyeong Ju, Myeong Ho Choi, Pengyu Liu, Brandon Hellman, Ted L. Lee, Yuzuru Takashima, Jae Hyeung Park

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Occlusion of a real scene by displayed virtual images mitigates incorrect depth cues and enhances image visibility in augmented reality applications. In this Letter, we propose a novel optical scheme for the occlusion-capable optical-see-through near-eye display. The proposed scheme uses only a single spatial light modulator, as the real-scene mask and virtual image display simultaneously. A polarization-based double-pass configuration is also combined, enabling a compact implementation. The proposed scheme is verified by optical experiments which demonstrate a 60 Hz red-green-blue video display with a 4-bit depth for each color channel and per-pixel dynamic occlusion of a 90.6% maximum occlusion ratio.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3361-3364
Number of pages4
JournalOptics letters
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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