Tailored solar optics for maximal optical tolerance and concentration

Alex Goldstein, Jeffrey M. Gordon

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Recently identified fundamental classes of dual-mirror double-tailored nonimaging optics have the potential to satisfy the pragmatic exigencies of concentrator photovoltaics. Via a comprehensive survey of their parameter space, including raytrace verification, we identify champion high-concentration high-efficiency designs that offer unprecedented optical tolerance (i.e., sensitivity to off-axis orientation) a pivotal figure-of-merit with a basic bound that depends on concentration, exit angle, and effective solar angular radius. For comparison, results for the best corresponding dual-mirror aplanatic concentrators are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)624-629
Number of pages6
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2011


  • Aplanatic
  • Concentrator
  • Efficiency
  • Nonimaging
  • Photovoltaics
  • tendue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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