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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 1986
  • pp: 1901–1907

Luminescent solar concentrators: effects of shape on efficiency

Eugene Loh, Jr. and Douglas J. Scalapino  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 25, Issue 12, pp. 1901-1907 (1986)

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The effects of shape and photovoltaic cell placement on efficiency are studied for luminescent solar concentrators. The mean path length of light rays is found to be a poor measure of performance. Simple arguments based on a method of images show that the efficiency grows linearly with detector size h, saturating at hπA/λ, where A is the captation area of the collector, and λ is the attenuation length of radiation in the medium. Monte Carlo simulations confirm that efficiency is relatively independent of collector geometry.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: November 25, 1985
Published: June 15, 1986

Eugene Loh and Douglas J. Scalapino, "Luminescent solar concentrators: effects of shape on efficiency," Appl. Opt. 25, 1901-1907 (1986)

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