Nonimaging Optics


  • Roland Winston, University of California at Merced
  • Juan Minano, Technical University of Madrid UPM, CEDINT, Madrid, Spain and Light Prescriptions Innovators LLC, Irvine, CA, USA
  • Pablo Benitez, Technical University of Madrid UPM, CEDINT, Madrid, Spain and Light Prescriptions Innovators LLC, Irvine, CA, USA
  • With contributions b Narkis Shatz and John C. Bortz, Science Applications International Corporation

From its inception nearly 30 years ago, the optical subdiscipline now referred to as nonimaging optics, has experienced dramatic growth. The term nonimaging optics is concerned with applications where imaging formation is not important but where effective and efficient collection , concentration, transport and distribution of light energy is - i.e. solar energy conversion, signal detection, illumination optics, measurement and testing. This book will incorporate the substantial developments of the past decade in this field.
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Advanced undergraduate & graduate students, workers in illumination optics & signal detection, in solar energy conversion, in measurement & testing; members of OSA, SPIE, APS, and Solar energy groups (ASES and ISES) who work in nonimaging optics.


Book information

  • Published: December 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-759751-5


Govind Agrawal - "Nonimaging Optics" is very popular in the industry, and the book should do quite well if it is written from the point of view of an Engineer. Prof. ROLAND WINSTON is "the expert" in this field and should do a very good job. We just hired one of his colleagues from Germany here at the Institute of Optics, and he will be teaching a course on this topic. "The book is mostly theoretical, but applications to solar energy concentration are discussed at length. Mathematical foundations are explored in 13 appendices. References are numerous and up-to-date, and the index serves its purpose." - OPN Optics & Photonics News, Sept. 2006

Table of Contents

1. Nonimaging Optical Systems and Their Uses2. Some Basic Ideas in Geometrical Optics3. Some Designs of Image-Forming Concentrators4. Nonimaging Optical Systems 5. Developments and Modifications of the CompoundParabolic Concentrator6. The Flow-line Method for Designing Nonimaging Optical Systems7. Concentrators for Prescribed Irradiance8. Simultaneous Multiple Surface Design Method9. Imaging Applications of Nonimaging Concentrators10. Consequences of Symmetry (by Narkis Shatz and John C. Bortz)11. Global Optimization of High-Performance Concentrators (by Narkis Shatz and John C. Bortz)12. A Paradigm for a Wave Description of Optical Measurements13. Applications to Solar Energy Concentration14. Manufacturing TolerancesAppendices A-MAPPENDIX A: Derivation and Explanation of the Étendue Invariant, Including the Dynamical Analogy;Derivation of the Skew InvariantAPPENDIX B: The Edge-Ray TheoremAPPENDIX C: Conservation of Skew and Linear MomentumAPPENDIX D: Conservation of Etendue for Two-ParameterAPPENDIX E: Perfect Off-Axis ImagingAPPENDIX F: The Luneberg LensAPPENDIX G: The Geometry of the Basic Compound Parabolic Concentrator Bundles of RaysAPPENDIX H: The qi/qo ConcentratorAPPENDIX I: The Truncated Compound Parabolic ConcentratorAPPENDIX J: The Differential Equation for the 2D Concentrator Profile with Nonplane AbsorberAPPENDIX K: Skew Rays in Hyperboloidal ConcentratorAPPENDIX L: Sine Relation for Hyperboloid/Lens ConcentratorAPPENDIX M: The Concentrator Design for Skew Rays