Diffraction mechanism of a light-diffusing film with an alternate-polymer-layer structure

Yoshifumi Sekiguchi, Takahiro Ishinabe, Souichirou Seo, Yosei Shibata, Hideo Fujikake

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A diffraction mechanism, and an optical model to reflect that mechanism, for a light-diffusing film with an alternate-polymer-layer structure was proposed and validated. According to this model, the film forms an angular distribution of light intensity that is almost constant in a certain scattering-angle (cutoff angle) range and drastically decreases outside that range; that is, the profile is similar to a trapezoid. Although the trapezoid intensity distribution (TID) is a fundamental distribution of the film, the mechanism to form the TID has not previously been clarified. A key mechanism is that the refractive-index distribution of the layer structure is expressed as stacked phase gratings, some of which should diffract zeroth-order light to higher orders strongly, and the repetition of this multiple diffraction spreads light over the whole cutoff angle range, thereby generating the TID. To verify the proposed mechanism, intensity distributions were calculated by using the proposed model. The calculation results indicate that the proposed model reproduces the TID.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9564-9572
Number of pages9
JournalApplied optics
Issue number34
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Dec 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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