Polymer Selection for Premium Optical Quality in Displays
By: Radu Reit, Ph.D.
As displays begin to take on new shapes and form-factors, the materials used to build these devices have had to also adapt, becoming thinner, lighter and more robust. One important need for increasing the functionality of these complex devices is an increase in the quality of optical films. These materials should provide excellent transparency in the visible spectrum, have minimal haze, minimal color and interact as little as possible with the emitted light from the display. When looking for these materials, it is useful to understand how the micro- and macroscopic properties of optical films affects each of these factors and how to select a materials system that will satisfy your optical needs.