3D Research

, 3:4 | Cite as

Performance of polarization-based stereoscopy screens

  • Xiaozhu Zhang
  • Kristian Hantke
  • Cornelius Fischer
  • Matthias Schröter
3DR Express


The screen is a key part of stereoscopic display systems using polarization to separate the different channels for each eye. The system crosstalk, characterizing the imperfection of the screen in terms of preserving the polarization of the incoming signal, and the scattering rate, characterizing the ability of the screen to deliver the incoming light to the viewers, determine the image quality of the system. Both values will depend on the viewing angle. In this work we measure the performance of three silver screens and three rear-projection screens. Additionally, we measure the surface texture of the screens using white-light interferometry. While part of our optical results can be explained by the surface roughness, more work is needed to understand the optical properties of the screens from a microscopic model.


stereoscopic projection polarization screen system crosstalk ghosting surface texture 


  1. 1.
    M. S. Brennesholtz, E. H. Stupp, (2008) Projection Displays, Wiley.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    G. Darbha, T. Schäfer, F. Heberling, A. Lüttge, C. Fischer (2010) Retention of latex colloids on calcite as a function of surface roughness and topography, Langmuir, 26: 4743–4752.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    K. C. Huang, J. C. Yuan, C. H. Tsai, W. J Hsueh, N. Y. Wang, N.Y. (2003) A study of how crosstalk affects stereopsis in stereoscopic displays, Proceedings of SPIEIS&T, 5006: 247–253.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    K. Iizuka (2006) Welcome to the wonderful world of 3D: introduction, principles and history, Optics and Photonics News, 17: 42–51.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    J. K. Janssen (2008) 3D 2.0 Neuer Anlauf für Stereoskopie im Kino, c’t, 16: 72–75.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    L. Jin, M. Kasahara, B. Gelloz, K. Takizawa (2010) Polarization properties of scattered light from macrorough surfaces, Optics Letters, 35: 595–597.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    S. C. Kim, E. S. Kim (2010) Performance analysis of stereoscopic three-dimensional projection display systems, 3D Research, 1: 1–16.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    M. Richards, D. Schnuelle (2010) The effective gain of a projection screen in an auditorium, SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, 119: 62–67.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. 9.
    A. J. Woods (2011) How are crosstalk and ghosting defined in the stereoscopic literature?, Proceedings of SPIE-IS&T, 7863: 78630Z.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© 3D Display Research Center and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department Dynamics of Complex FluidsMax Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPIDS)GoettingenGermany
  2. 2.Abt. Sedimentologie/ Umweltgeologie, GZGGeorg-August-Universität GöttingenGöttingenGermany

Personalised recommendations