Experimental techniques are developed to determine the applicability of a particular luminescing center for use in a luminescent solar concentrator (LSC). The relevant steady-state characteristics of eighteen common organic laser dyes are given. The relative spectral homogeneity of such dyes are shown to depend upon the surrounding material using narrowband laser excitation. We developed three independent techniques for measuring self-absorption rates; these are time-resolved emission, steady-state polarization anisotropy, and spectral convolution. Preliminary dye degradation and prototype efficiency measurements are included. Finally, we give simple relationships relating the efficiency and gain of an LSC to key spectroscopic parameters of its constituents.
© 1981 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 8, 1981
Published: November 1, 1981
J. S. Batchelder, A. H. Zewail, and T. Cole, "Luminescent solar concentrators. 2: Experimental and theoretical analysis of their possible efficiencies," Appl. Opt. 20, 3733-3754 (1981)