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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 16 — Aug. 1, 2011
  • pp: 15127–15142

Surface-relief and polarization gratings for solar concentrators

Ties M. de Jong, Dick K. G. de Boer, and Cees W. M. Bastiaansen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 16, pp. 15127-15142 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.015127


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Abstract

Transmission gratings that combine a large diffraction angle with a high diffraction efficiency and a low angular and wavelength dispersion could be used to collect sunlight in a light guide. In this paper we compare the diffractive properties of polarization gratings and classical surface-relief gratings and explore their possible use in solar concentrators. It is found that polarization gratings and surface-relief gratings have qualitatively comparable diffraction characteristics when their thickness parameters are within the same regime. Relatively large grating periods result in high diffraction efficiencies over a wide range of incident angles. For small grating periods the efficiency and the angular acceptance are decreased. Surface-relief gratings are preferred over polarization gratings as in-couplers for solar concentrators.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(090.0090) Holography : Holography
(220.1770) Optical design and fabrication : Concentrators
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy

ToC Category:
Solar Energy

History
Original Manuscript: May 9, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 8, 2011
Published: July 21, 2011

Citation
Ties M. de Jong, Dick K. G. de Boer, and Cees W. M. Bastiaansen, "Surface-relief and polarization gratings for solar concentrators," Opt. Express 19, 15127-15142 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-16-15127


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