Compressive light field displays

Gordon Wetzstein*, Douglas Lanman, Matthew Hirsch, Wolfgang Heidrich, Ramesh Raskar

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Light fields are the multiview extension of stereo image pairs: a collection of images showing a 3D scene from slightly different perspectives. Depicting high-resolution light fields usually requires an excessively large display bandwidth; compressive light field displays are enabled by the codesign of optical elements and computational-processing algorithms. Rather than pursuing a direct-C optical-D solution (for example, adding one more pixel to support the emission of one additional light ray), compressive displays aim to create flexible optical systems that can synthesize a compressed target light field. In effect, each pixel emits a superposition of light rays. Through compression and tailored optical designs, fewer display pixels are necessary to emit a given light field than a direct optical solution would require.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6311368
Pages (from-to)6-11
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Computer Graphics and Applications
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • 3D displays
  • LCDs
  • compressive light field displays
  • computer graphics
  • directional backlighting
  • light fields
  • multilayer light field displays
  • multimedia
  • multiview displays
  • parallax displays
  • polarization fields
  • tensor displays
  • tomographic light field synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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