Double-tailored nonimaging reflector optics for maximum-performance solar concentration

Alex Goldstein, Jeffrey M. Gordon

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A nonimaging strategy that tailors two mirror contours for concentration near the étendue limit is explored, prompted by solar applications where a sizable gap between the optic and absorber is required. Subtle limitations of this simultaneous multiple surface method approach are derived, rooted in the manner in which phase space boundaries can be tailored according to the edge-ray principle. The fundamental categories of double-tailored reflective optics are identified, only a minority of which can pragmatically offer maximum concentration at high collection efficiency. Illustrative examples confirm that acceptance half-angles as large as 30 mrad can be realized at a flux concentration of ∼1000.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1977-1984
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics and Image Science, and Vision
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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