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Phase-change actuator for self-tracking planar solar concentrator

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We present a concept and show preliminary experimental results for a reversible in-plane actuator for solar focus activated lightguide coupling. By actuating at the location of focused sunlight and splitting the solar spectrum for actuation energy, this device aims to adaptively self-track and efficiently concentrate solar light into a planar waveguide.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

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