Abstract

A new method to obtain elliptic ray bundles in three-dimensional geometry is presented. This type of bundle is of special interest in nonimaging optics because the only known three-dimensional ideal concentrators with homogeneous media transmit elliptic bundles. First, we reformulate the condition for a bundle to be elliptic; that is, the rays passing through any point of the space form a cone with an elliptic base. The solution found includes all the elliptic bundles obtained by other methods as a particular case. Second, we look for the concentrators defined by the new elliptic bundles with the flow-line design method of nonimaging optics. Most of these bundles do not generate new devices but are transmitted ideally through the already known three-dimensional ideal concentrators.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

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