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Nonrotationally symmetric nonimaging systems that overcome the flux-transfer performance limit imposed by skewness conservation
Author(s): Narkis E. Shatz; John C. Bortz; Harald Ries; Roland Winston
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Paper Abstract

Theoretical upper limits on measures of flux-transfer performance due to skewness conservation in rotationally symmetric nonimaging optical systems have recently been discovered and quantified. These limits can have an adverse impact on the performance of projection or coupling optics which collect light from 3D sources. In this contribution we show that these limits can be exceeded by employing nonrotationally symmetric configurations. We consider the problems of maximizing flux transfer from both a homogeneous spherical source and a homogeneous cylindrical source to a homogeneous disk-shaped target of equal etendue. We find that the performance limits due to skewness conservation for these problems can be overcome by numerically optimized reflectors possessing a nonrotationally symmetric star-like cross-section.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 1997
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3139, Nonimaging Optics: Maximum Efficiency Light Transfer IV, (3 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.290226
Show Author Affiliations
Narkis E. Shatz, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
John C. Bortz, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Harald Ries, Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland)
Roland Winston, Univ. of Chicago (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3139:
Nonimaging Optics: Maximum Efficiency Light Transfer IV
Roland Winston, Editor(s)

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