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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 2014
  • pp: 5130–5133

Basic limit for the efficiency of coherence-limited solar power conversion

Heylal Mashaal and Jeffrey M. Gordon  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 17, pp. 5130-5133 (2014)

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A basic upper bound for the efficiency of solar power conversion (generally, from any blackbody source) is derived, generalizing the Landsberg limit to arbitrary solar and sky view factors (e.g., arbitrary concentration or angular confinement), and to coherence-limited devices such as rectifying aperture antennas.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: June 30, 2014
Revised Manuscript: July 30, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: July 30, 2014
Published: August 22, 2014

Heylal Mashaal and Jeffrey M. Gordon, "Basic limit for the efficiency of coherence-limited solar power conversion," Opt. Lett. 39, 5130-5133 (2014)

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