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  • Editor: Bernard Kippelen
  • Vol. 18, Iss. S1 — Apr. 26, 2010
  • pp: A41–A52

Aplanatic optics for solar concentration

Jeffrey M. Gordon  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue S1, pp. A41-A52 (2010)

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Aplanats are imaging optics that completely eliminate both spherical aberration and coma. They can fulfill the practical virtues of permitting sizable gaps between the absorber and the optic, as well as compactness. However, the ability of aplanats to efficiently approach the thermodynamic limit to flux concentration and optical tolerance had remained unrecognized. Both fundamental and applied aspects of dual-mirror aplanats are reviewed and elaborated, motivated by the exigencies of tenable, maximum-performance solar concentrators, including examples from commercial concentrator photovoltaics (CPV). Promising designs for future photovoltaic concentrators are also identified, illustrating how pragmatic constraints translate into devising fundamentally new optics.

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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

ToC Category:
Solar Concentrators

Original Manuscript: December 14, 2009
Revised Manuscript: February 2, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 3, 2010
Published: April 26, 2010

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Jeffrey M. Gordon, "Aplanatic optics for solar concentration," Opt. Express 18, A41-A52 (2010)

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