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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2013
  • pp: 1730–1732

Nonimaging achromatic shaped Fresnel lenses for ultrahigh solar concentration

Fabian Languy and Serge Habraken  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 10, pp. 1730-1732 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.001730


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Abstract

The maximum concentration ratio achievable with a solar concentrator made of a single refractive primary optics is much more limited by the chromatic aberration than by any other aberration. Therefore achromatic doublets made with poly(methyl methacrylate) and polycarbonate are of great interest to enhance the concentration ratio and to achieve a spectrally uniform flux on the receiver. In this Letter, shaped achromatic Fresnel lenses are investigated. One lossless design is of high interest since it provides spectrally and spatially uniform flux without being affected by soiling problems. With this design an optical concentration ratio of about 8500× can be achieved.

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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

History
Original Manuscript: April 4, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 17, 2013
Published: May 15, 2013

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Citation
Fabian Languy and Serge Habraken, "Nonimaging achromatic shaped Fresnel lenses for ultrahigh solar concentration," Opt. Lett. 38, 1730-1732 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-10-1730


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