Nonimaging Optics, 1st Edition

Nonimaging Optics, 1st Edition,Roland Winston,Juan Minano,Pablo Benitez,With contributions by Narkis Shatz and John C. Bortz,ISBN9780127597515

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With nonimaging optics, it's possible to achieve concentrations of solar engergy equal to 80,000 suns!

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* Includes all substantial developments of the past decade in the rapidly moving field of nonimaging optics
* The only authoritative reference on nonimaging optics, from the leader in the field


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.


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.

Roland Winston

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California at Merced

Juan Minano

Affiliations and Expertise

Technical University of Madrid UPM, CEDINT, Madrid, Spain and Light Prescriptions Innovators LLC, Irvine, CA, USA

Pablo Benitez

Affiliations and Expertise

Technical University of Madrid UPM, CEDINT, Madrid, Spain and Light Prescriptions Innovators LLC, Irvine, CA, USA

With contributions by Narkis Shatz and John C. Bortz

Affiliations and Expertise

Science Applications International Corporation

Nonimaging Optics, 1st Edition

1. Nonimaging Optical Systems and Their Uses
2. Some Basic Ideas in Geometrical Optics
3. Some Designs of Image-Forming Concentrators
4. Nonimaging Optical Systems
5. Developments and Modifications of the Compound
Parabolic Concentrator
6. The Flow-line Method for Designing Nonimaging Optical Systems
7. Concentrators for Prescribed Irradiance
8. Simultaneous Multiple Surface Design Method
9. Imaging Applications of Nonimaging Concentrators
10. 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 Measurements
13. Applications to Solar Energy Concentration
14. Manufacturing Tolerances

Appendices A-M

APPENDIX A: Derivation and Explanation of the Étendue Invariant, Including the Dynamical Analogy;
Derivation of the Skew Invariant

APPENDIX B: The Edge-Ray Theorem

APPENDIX C: Conservation of Skew and Linear Momentum

APPENDIX D: Conservation of Etendue for

APPENDIX E: Perfect Off-Axis Imaging

APPENDIX F: The Luneberg Lens

APPENDIX G: The Geometry of the Basic Compound Parabolic Concentrator Bundles of Rays

APPENDIX H: The qi/qo Concentrator

APPENDIX I: The Truncated Compound Parabolic Concentrator

APPENDIX J: The Differential Equation for the 2D Concentrator Profile with Nonplane Absorber

APPENDIX K: Skew Rays in Hyperboloidal Concentrator

APPENDIX L: Sine Relation for Hyperboloid/Lens Concentrator

APPENDIX M: The Concentrator Design for Skew Rays

Quotes and reviews

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

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