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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2014
  • pp: 1756–1759

High gain, wide field of view concentrator for optical communications

Steve Collins, Dominic C. O’Brien, and Andrew Watt  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 7, pp. 1756-1759 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.001756


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Abstract

The field of view and gain of optical concentrators used within free space optical communications systems are constrained by conservation of etendue. In this Letter, consideration of the processes in a fluorescent concentrator leads to a simple design strategy for these concentrators for this application. Significantly, because fluorescent concentrators do not conserve etendue, this can lead to concentrators with wider fields of view and higher gains. A model of a fluorescent concentrator containing a quantum dot material suggests that it could have a gain 50 times higher than an etendue conserving concentrator with the same field of view.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2540) Materials : Fluorescent and luminescent materials
(220.1770) Optical design and fabrication : Concentrators
(260.2510) Physical optics : Fluorescence
(060.2605) Fiber optics and optical communications : Free-space optical communication

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

History
Original Manuscript: October 24, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 15, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: February 15, 2014
Published: March 19, 2014

Citation
Steve Collins, Dominic C. O’Brien, and Andrew Watt, "High gain, wide field of view concentrator for optical communications," Opt. Lett. 39, 1756-1759 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-7-1756


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