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Offence against the Edge Ray Theorem?
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Paper Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to present an overview of the Edge-Ray Theorem in 2D geometry, covering the different optical systems treated up today, including some cases (as the refraction/reflection of sequential optical surfaces) which have not been formally discussed previously, and also analyzing the role of slope discontinuities in the creation/annihilation on edge rays. Also illustrative novel examples are given. In section 2, a simple device that seems to beat either the Edge Ray Theorem or the Second Law of Thermodynamics is presented. In section 6, it is proven that there exits perfect solution to the theoretical problem of achieving maximum concentration on a circular receiver from a source at infinity with a single slope discontinuity and a sizeable gap between optics and receiver. At the end (section 7), the explanation of the device of section 2 offending the Edge Ray Theorem will be given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5529, Nonimaging Optics and Efficient Illumination Systems, (29 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.560742
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Pablo Benitez, ETSI Telecomunicacion/Univ. Politecnica de Madrid (Spain)
Light Prescriptions Innovators, LLC (United States)
Juan Carlos Minano, ETSI Telecomunicacion/Univ. Politecnica de Madrid (Spain)
Light Prescriptions Innovators, LLC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5529:
Nonimaging Optics and Efficient Illumination Systems
Roland Winston; R. John Koshel, Editor(s)

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