A transparent sheet display by plastic MEMS

Yusuke Taii, Akio Higo, Hiroyuki Fujita, Hiroshi Toshiyoshi

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    A new type of color-image display pixel based on MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) technology of plastic materials is presented. The mechanism for making color is optical interference using a Fabry-Perot interferometer. Athin sheetof PEN (polyethylene naphthalate) with a metal half-mirror was laminated over a glass or PEN substrate with an optical cavity inside. The electrostatically controlled deformation of the PEN film changes the color of the transmitting light by interference within the optical cavity. Color pixels of three primary colors (red, green, and blue) were successfully developed and demonstrated, with a driving voltage ranging from 80 to 120 V dc. Thanks to the mechanical flexibility of the PEN films, the display could operate even when placed on a curved surface.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)735-741
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of the Society for Information Display
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2006 Aug


    • Electronic poster
    • Electrostatic acutator
    • Fabry-Perot interferometer
    • MEMS
    • Plastic MEMS

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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