A broadband cholesteric polarizer is described, as well as a method of manufacturing such a polarizer. Said polarizer comprises an optically active layer of a polymer material having a cholesteric order, said material being oriented so that the axis of the molecular helix extends transversely to the layer. In accordance with the invention, the polarizer is characterized in that the pitch of the molecular helix in the layer is varied in such a manner that the difference between the maximum pitch and the minimum pitch is at least 100 nm. The optically active layers are preferably provided on substrates which bring about a conversion of circularly polarized light into linearly polarized light. Three different methods of manufacturing such broadband polarizers are described.
|IPC||G02F 1/ 13357 A N|
|Publication status||Published - 16 Nov 1994|