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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 29 — Oct. 10, 2006
  • pp: 7622–7627

Elliptical concentrators

Angel Garcia-Botella, Antonio Alvarez Fernandez-Balbuena, and Eusebio Bernabeu  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 29, pp. 7622-7627 (2006)

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Nonimaging optics is a field devoted to the design of optical components for applications such as solar concentration or illumination. In this field, many different techniques have been used to produce optical devices, including the use of reflective and refractive components or inverse engineering techniques. However, many of these optical components are based on translational symmetries, rotational symmetries, or free-form surfaces. We study a new family of nonimaging concentrators called elliptical concentrators. This new family of concentrators provides new capabilities and can have different configurations, either homofocal or nonhomofocal. Translational and rotational concentrators can be considered as particular cases of elliptical concentrators.

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OCIS Codes
(220.1770) Optical design and fabrication : Concentrators
(350.4600) Other areas of optics : Optical engineering
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy

Original Manuscript: February 28, 2006
Revised Manuscript: May 26, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 26, 2006

Angel Garcia-Botella, Antonio Alvarez Fernandez-Balbuena, and Eusebio Bernabeu, "Elliptical concentrators," Appl. Opt. 45, 7622-7627 (2006)

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