Development of an Electrophoretic Display Technology for Selectively Retroreflective Signs and Pavement Markers

This paper describes an enabling technology that could be used to develop electronic roadway signs and markers whose display content can be changed and that are selectively retroreflective. This would give them the good visibility of retroreflective signs at night, coupled with invisibility under circumstances where they are not meant to be seen, thereby reducing both confusion and light pollution. This paper describes how the half-silvered and blackened glass beads that constitute the visible components of the display were fabricated in the lab and derives their geometric optics, demonstrating their retroreflective capabilities. The paper also describes the construction of a transparent top electrode necessary to establish the electric field for changing the displays and derives some of the electric properties of the electrode and the resulting capacitorlike display. The work is in an early developmental stage, and the paper concludes with an outline of some of the remaining issues that need to be solved before a working device could be constructed.


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  • Accession Number: 01531532
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jul 21 2014 3:05PM