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Photon reabsorption in fluorescent solar collectors

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Article number076104
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>11/04/2012
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Applied Physics
Issue number7
Number of pages3
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Understanding photon transport losses in fluorescence solar collectors is very important for increasing optical efficiencies. We present an analytical expression to characterize photon reabsorption in fluorescent solar collectors, which represent a major source of photon loss. A particularly useful universal form of this expression is found in the limit of high reabsorption, which gives the photon reabsorption probability in a simple form as a function of the absorption coefficient and the optical étendue of the emitted photon beam. Our mathematical model predicts fluorescence spectra emitted from the collector edge, which are in excellent agreement with experiment and provide an effective characterization tool for photon transport in light absorbing media.