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  • Vol. 70, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 1980
  • pp: 1362–1363

Thermodynamics of the fluorescent planar concentrator

Eli Yablonovitch  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 70, Issue 11, pp. 1362-1363 (1980)

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A “generalized brightness theorem” is derived that describes the thermodynamic limitations of the fluorescent planar concentrator. The maximum brightness concentration ratio allowed by thermodynamics is exp (hΔv/kT) where Δv is the Stokes shift in fluorescence.

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Eli Yablonovitch, "Thermodynamics of the fluorescent planar concentrator," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 70, 1362-1363 (1980)

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