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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 53, Iss. 2 — Jan. 10, 2014
  • pp: 306–315

Bio-inspired thin and flat solar concentrator for efficient, wide acceptance angle light collection

Rabin Dhakal, Jiwon Lee, and Jaeyoun Kim  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 53, Issue 2, pp. 306-315 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.53.000306


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Abstract

We present a novel thin and flat solar concentrator design, inspired by the structure and optical functionality of the ommatidium in the compound eye of insects. By combining a microlens with a curved light guide, rather than the conventionally employed dielectric or metallic reflectors, we could simultaneously achieve low-loss light redirection and wide acceptance angle without compromising the overall thinness or flatness of the concentrator. Through design optimizations, we could achieve optical concentration factors up to 39 and acceptance angle up to ±15° while maintaining the thickness of the concentrator under 1.1 cm for a length of 20 cm. We also showed that the optical concentration factor can be further increased to 81 through tapering of the geometry.

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OCIS Codes
(350.3950) Other areas of optics : Micro-optics
(080.4298) Geometric optics : Nonimaging optics
(130.5460) Integrated optics : Polymer waveguides

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

History
Original Manuscript: November 1, 2013
Revised Manuscript: December 10, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 11, 2013
Published: January 10, 2014

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Citation
Rabin Dhakal, Jiwon Lee, and Jaeyoun Kim, "Bio-inspired thin and flat solar concentrator for efficient, wide acceptance angle light collection," Appl. Opt. 53, 306-315 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-53-2-306

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