1996-02-01

Control of Light Output from Plastic Optical Fiber with Optical Elements 960491

This paper presents a new method of extracting light from optical waveguides, such as plastic optical fiber. Optical elements are designed, using mathematical modeling, so they redirect light in a controlled manner out of the waveguide.
With precision manufacturing, optical elements can be produced as an integral part of optical fiber. Light extraction can also be added after manufacturing through the application of an optically shaped tape. Either method results in a highly efficient lighting element that produces significantly more light than previous methods of light extraction.
Many applications of this technology are envisioned. A narrow, flexible CHMSL, automotive interior lighting, and marker/turn lights are possible applications.

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