Accession Number : ADD009448

Title :   Transmissive and Reflective Liquid Crystal Display.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : McKnight,William H ; Stotts,Larry B ; Monahan,Michael A

Report Date : 09 Feb 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : A visual display has an increased readout capability due to its operation in the transflective mode. A source of ambient light and light for radiation through the display from the backside together assure the increased readout capability. Heretofore, ambient light would degrade or washout a display making it nearly impossible for monitoring personnel to decipher alphanumeric or pictoral displays due to the decreased contrast. A pair of linear polarizers sandwich a twisted nematic liquid crystal and have their polarization axes either parallel or mutually orthogonally disposed so that the crystal will present bright or dark areas in response to applied potentials. Because a partially transmitting mirror is interposed between the sandwiched liquid crystal and the radiating light source, the ambient light augments the radiated light to enhance the visual display. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Liquid crystal display systems, *Transmissivity, *Reflectivity, Inventions, Optical equipment, Real time, Light sources, Polarizers, Mirrors

Subject Categories : Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE