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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 1984
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Cylindrical concentrators as a limit case of toroidal concentrators

Juan C. Minano  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 23, Issue 12, pp. 2017-2020 (1984)

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Cylindrical concentrators are viewed as a limit case of toroidal concentrators with the purpose of applying to them some results obtained for axisymmetrical optical systems. This enables us to obtain easily the directional intercept factor of a cylindrical nonimaging concentrator called the Ideal Tubular Concentrator. A useful tool for designing new cylindrical concentrators is also derived.

© 1984 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: December 8, 1983
Published: June 15, 1984

Juan C. Minano, "Cylindrical concentrators as a limit case of toroidal concentrators," Appl. Opt. 23, 2017-2020 (1984)

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  1. R. K. Luneburg, Mathematical Theory of Optics (U. California Press, Berkeley, 1964).
  2. J. C. Minano, J. M. Ruiz, A. Luque, “Design of Optimal and Ideal 2-D Concentrators with the Collector Immersed in a Dielectric Tube,” Appl. Opt. 22, 3960 (1983). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  3. W. T. Welford, R. Winston, Optics of Nonimaging Concentrators (Academic, New York, 1978).
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  5. A. Luque, “Theoretical Bases of Photovoltaic Concentrators for Extended Light Sources,” Sol. Cells 3, 355 (1981). [CrossRef]
  6. To calculate the etendue of a 2-D bundle of rays it is not necessary that these rays be coplanar, as the rays of p = 0 are (a 2-D bundle of rays is the one formed by rays that can be distinguished between them by giving two parameters, see Ref. 7).
  7. J. C. Minano, “Application of the Conservation of Etendue Theorem for 2-D Subdomains of the Phase Space in Nonimaging Concentrators,” Appl. Opt. 23, 2021 (1984). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

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