This book provides a comprehensive look at the science, methods, designs, and limitations of nonimaging optics. It begins with an in-depth discussion on thermodynamically efficient optical designs and how they improve the performance and cost effectiveness of solar concentrating and illumination systems. It then moves into limits to concentration, imaging devices and their limitations, and the theory of furnaces and its applications to optical design. Numerous design methods are discussed in detail followed by chapters of estimating the performance of a nonimaging design and pushing their limits of concentration. Exercises and worked examples are included throughout.
Nonimaging Optical Systems And Their Uses. Some Basic Ideas In Geometrical Optics. Some Designs Of Image-Forming Concentrators. Nonimaging Optical Systems. Developments And Modifications Of The Compound Parabolic Concentrator. Developments And Modifications Of The Compound Parabolic Concentrator. Introduction- Far-Field Reflector (Ffr) Problem, Supporting Quadric Method (Sqm), Variational Approach. A Paradigm For A Wave Description Of Optical Measurements.