20 August 2009 Full landscape of aplanatic optics for concentration near the thermodynamic limit
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Originally developed to ameliorate image quality, aplanatic optics were only recently analyzed as maximumperformance light-transfer systems with concentration approaching the fundamental limit. A basic categorization scheme is presented that appears to cover the full spectrum of aplanatic designs, illustrated for far-field dual-mirror concentrators and motivated by high-irradiance solar applications. Several previously unrecognized classes of concentrators are identified.
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Natalia Ostroumov, Jeffrey M. Gordon, Daniel Feuermann, "Full landscape of aplanatic optics for concentration near the thermodynamic limit", Proc. SPIE 7423, Nonimaging Optics: Efficient Design for Illumination and Solar Concentration VI, 74230B (20 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.824189; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.824189
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