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17 September 2014 Rollable nano-etched diffractive low-concentration PV sheets for small satelites
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This paper discuses a novel, rollable, mass fabricable, low-concentration photovoltaic sheets for Cubesats providing them with efficient photoelectric conversion of sunlight and secondary diffuse light. The wrap consists of three thin (of order a millimeter or less), cheap plastic-sheet layers, which can be rolled together in a spiral wrapping configuration when stowed. Preliminary simulation based on the above modeling approaches show that the designs achieve comparable photovoltaic power (area for area) and (b) result in a at angular response curve which remains at from normal incidence of over 35 degrees to the normal. The simulation were performed using a ray tracing simulator built in Matlab. In addition, we have constructed a demonstrator using quartz wafers based on the optimized design to show the technology. Details of its fabrication are also provided.
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Vincent Brac-de-la-Perriere, Bernard Kress, Shahar Ben-Menahem, Abraham K. Ishihara, and Greg Dorais "Rollable nano-etched diffractive low-concentration PV sheets for small satelites", Proc. SPIE 9202, Photonics Applications for Aviation, Aerospace, Commercial, and Harsh Environments V, 920215 (17 September 2014);

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