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Squaring the circle: the use of microstructures for converting and homogenizing beam patterns
Author(s): Ralf Leutz; Harald Ries
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Paper Abstract

Our paper treats the conversion of light beams with circular cross-section into light beams of square cross-section as well as the conversion of light beams with rectangular cross-sections of different aspect ratios. We calculate the possible concentration ratio,and introduce symmetry-breaking microstructures in order to mix high with low skewness without affecting the axial component of the k -vector. A typical example for its application is as secondary concentrator-homogenizer in 3D-photovoltaic (PV)concentrator systems,for square PV-cells. For the performance of modern multi-junction cells it is crucial to homogenize the incoming radiation in the secondary, both in location and color. We compare the performance of homogenizers with and without microstructures and show the advantage of adding this feature. Several designs are modeled and the performance is compared by Monte-Carlo ray-tracing. With wall microstructures,light uniformity and concentration is significantly better.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 November 2003
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5186, Design of Efficient Illumination Systems, (12 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.506792
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Ralf Leutz, Philipps-Univ. Marburg (Germany)
Harald Ries, Philipps-Univ. Marburg (Germany)
Optics and Energy Concepts AG (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5186:
Design of Efficient Illumination Systems
R. John Koshel, Editor(s)

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