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  • Vol. 31, Iss. 16 — Jun. 1, 1992
  • pp: 3051–3060

New method of design of nonimaging concentrators

Juan C. Miñano and Juan C. González  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 31, Issue 16, pp. 3051-3060 (1992)

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A new method of designing nonimaging concentrators is presented and two new types of concentrators are developed. The first is an aspheric lens, and the second is a lens-mirror combination. A ray tracing of three-dimensional concentrators (with rotational symmetry) is also done, showing that the lens-mirror combination has a total transmission as high as that of the full compound parabolic concentrators, while their depth is much smaller than the classical parabolic mirror–nonimaging concentrator combinations. Another important feature of this concentrator is that the optically active surfaces are not in contact with the receiver, as occurs in other nonimaging concentrators in which the rim of the mirror coincides with the rim of the receiver.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: June 25, 1991
Published: June 1, 1992

Juan C. Miñano and Juan C. González, "New method of design of nonimaging concentrators," Appl. Opt. 31, 3051-3060 (1992)

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