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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 36, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2011
  • pp: 2743–2745

Performance comparison of four kinds of flat nonimaging Fresnel lenses made of polycarbonates and polymethyl methacrylate for concentrated photovoltaics

Fabian Languy and Serge Habraken  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 14, pp. 2743-2745 (2011)

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Solar concentrators made of a single refractive primary optics are limited to a concentration ratio of about 1000 × [ Opt. Express 19, A280 (2011)], due only to longitudinal chromatic aberration, while mirrors are limited to 46,000 × by the angular size of the Sun. To reduce the chromatic aberration while keeping cost-effective systems for concentrated photovoltaics, a study of four different kinds of flat Fresnel doublets made of polycarbonates and polymethyl methacrylate is presented. It reveals that Fresnel doublets may have fewer optical losses than non-Fresnel doublets, with a lower lateral chromatic split allowing for even higher concentration ratio.

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OCIS Codes
(080.2740) Geometric optics : Geometric optical design
(220.1000) Optical design and fabrication : Aberration compensation
(220.1770) Optical design and fabrication : Concentrators
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy
(220.4298) Optical design and fabrication : Nonimaging optics

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: April 28, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 8, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 10, 2011
Published: July 14, 2011

Fabian Languy and Serge Habraken, "Performance comparison of four kinds of flat nonimaging Fresnel lenses made of polycarbonates and polymethyl methacrylate for concentrated photovoltaics," Opt. Lett. 36, 2743-2745 (2011)

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