06101032 is referenced by 88 patents and cites 138 patents.

A polarized light source includes a diffuse light source and a reflective polarizing element placed proximate thereto. The reflective polarizing element transmits light of a desired polarization and reflects light of another polarization back into the diffuse source where it is randomized. Some of the initially rejected light is thus converted into the desired polarization and is transmitted through the reflective polarizing element. This process continues, and the repeated reflections and subsequent randomization of light of the undesired polarization increases the amount of light of the desired polarization that is emitted by the polarized light source.

Title
Light fixture having a multilayer polymeric film
Application Number
223548
Publication Number
6101032
Application Date
June 7, 1995
Publication Date
August 8, 2000
Inventor
Michael F Weber
Shoreview
MN, US
James M Jonza
Round Rock
TX, US
Andrew J Ouderkirk
Woodbury
MN, US
Mark E Gardiner
Santa Rosa
CA, US
David L Wortman
St. Paul
MN, US
Agent
John A Burtis
Assignee
3M Innovative Properties Company
MN, US
IPC
G02B 5/30
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