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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 26 — Sep. 10, 2009
  • pp: 4926–4931

Panorama of dual-mirror aplanats for maximum concentration

Natalia Ostroumov, Jeffrey M. Gordon, and Daniel Feuermann  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 26, pp. 4926-4931 (2009)

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Aplanats were recently analyzed for the first time as maximum-performance light-transfer systems with radiative transfer approaching the thermodynamic limit. We present a fundamental categorization scheme that appears to subsume the full spectrum of aplanatic designs, illustrated for far-field dual-mirror concentrators and motivated by high-irradiance solar applications.

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OCIS Codes
(080.2740) Geometric optics : Geometric optical design
(220.1770) Optical design and fabrication : Concentrators
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy
(080.2175) Geometric optics : Etendue

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: July 7, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 3, 2009
Published: September 1, 2009

Natalia Ostroumov, Jeffrey M. Gordon, and Daniel Feuermann, "Panorama of dual-mirror aplanats for maximum concentration," Appl. Opt. 48, 4926-4931 (2009)

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