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Graded-index planar waveguide solar concentrator

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Abstract

Planar waveguides are useful to transport, concentrate and distribute light uniformly over large dimensions. Their capacity to collect and gather light efficiently over a large distance is interesting for many applications, like backlighting and solar concentration. For these reasons, the possibility of making them even more efficient could be of considerable interest for the community. The observation of the ray path inside a graded-index (GRIN) fiber inspired the development of a similar technology inside planar waveguides. In this Letter, we show that it has the potential to dramatically increase the efficiency of planar waveguide-based solar concentrators or backlighting using GRIN planar waveguides.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

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