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See detailStudy of a solar concentrator for space based on a diffractive/refractive optical combination
Michel, Céline ULg; Loicq, Jerôme ULg; Thibert, Tanguy ULg et al

Conference (2014, April 16)

The present work proposes a theoretical optical study of a new planar solar concentrator for space applications. The concentrator focuses light onto three spatially separated photovoltaic cells (three ... [more ▼]

The present work proposes a theoretical optical study of a new planar solar concentrator for space applications. The concentrator focuses light onto three spatially separated photovoltaic cells (three single-junctions, dedicated to two different light spectra), allowing for independent control of the output power of each cell. The design, based on a blazed diffraction grating superimposed on a Fresnel lens, combines advantages of both spectral splitting and light focusing. Theoretical model and optimization of the optical design are presented, including the variation of the grating period along the lens. Numerical results are detailed, highlighting the possibility to design a concentrator at more than 10× for each cell, with an optical efficiency of ~71% and less than 10% of losses for tracking errors < ±0.85°. A thermal study completes the work, as well as a first theoretical comparison with a planar Fresnel based solar concentrator focusing on a GaAs cell. [less ▲]

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See detailThe SWAP EUV Imaging Telescope Part I: Instrument Overview and Pre-Flight Testing
Seaton, Daniel; Berghmans, David; Nicula, Bogdan et al

in Solar Physics (2013), 286

The Sun Watcher with Active Pixels and Image Processing (SWAP) is an EUV solar telescope onboard ESA’s Project for Onboard Autonomy 2 (PROBA2) mission launched on 2 November 2009. SWAP has a spectral ... [more ▼]

The Sun Watcher with Active Pixels and Image Processing (SWAP) is an EUV solar telescope onboard ESA’s Project for Onboard Autonomy 2 (PROBA2) mission launched on 2 November 2009. SWAP has a spectral bandpass centered on 17.4 nm and provides images of the low solar corona over a 54 × 54 arcmin field-of-view with 3.2 arcsec pixels and an imaging cadence of about two minutes. SWAP is designed to monitor all space-weatherrelevant events and features in the low solar corona. Given the limited resources of the PROBA2 microsatellite, the SWAP telescope is designed with various innovative technologies, including an off-axis optical design and a CMOS–APS detector. This article provides reference documentation for users of the SWAP image data. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental Results of Hybrid and Refractive Achromatic Doublets Made of PC and PMMA
Languy, Fabian ULg; Lenaerts, Cedric ULg; Loicq, Jerôme ULg et al

Conference (2012, November 12)

To combine achromatic system with cost-effective technology, we propose the use or hybride (refractive/diffractive) and refractive doublets Fresnel lenses. These two technologies have been compared ... [more ▼]

To combine achromatic system with cost-effective technology, we propose the use or hybride (refractive/diffractive) and refractive doublets Fresnel lenses. These two technologies have been compared experimentally from an optical point of view [less ▲]

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See detailPerformance of Solmacs, a High PV Solar Concentrator With Efficient Optics
Thibert, Tanguy ULg; Hellin, Marie-Laure ULg; Loicq, Jerôme ULg et al

in AIP Conference Proceedings, , Volume 1477 (2012, October 05)

A new solar panel with high concentration photovoltaic technology (x700) has been designed, prototyped and tested in the SOLMACS project. The quality of concentrating optics is a key factor for high ... [more ▼]

A new solar panel with high concentration photovoltaic technology (x700) has been designed, prototyped and tested in the SOLMACS project. The quality of concentrating optics is a key factor for high module efficiency. Therefore new dedicated PMMA Fresnel lenses were studied and produced by injection molding. Lens design, material and production process were optimized to achieve a high optical yield of 86%. Thorough lens performance assessment in optical laboratory was completed with lifetime UV aging tests. Another important aspect is the thermal control of the hot spot created under the solar cell that receives the concentrated flux of 700 Suns. A dedicated heat spreader was developed to achieve passive thermal control with minimum mass and cost. This was supported by thermal models and tests at both cell and module level. 35% triple junction cells were implemented in the module. Micro-assembly technologies were used for the cell packaging and electrical connections. In support to the research, a continuous solar simulator was designed and built to assess the system performance, both at component and module level. The concentrator developments were integrated in a prototype and tested both indoor with the simulator and outdoor on the CSL solar test platform. The overall efficiency of the PV concentrator module is 28.5%. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental Results of Flat Fresnel Doublets made of PMMA and PC
Languy, Fabian ULg; Fleury-Frenette, Karl ULg; Lenaerts, Cedric ULg et al

Conference (2012, April)

To reduce the chromatic aberration lots of imaging systems like cameras and telescopes turn to achromatic doublets. On the other hand, to be cheaper, lighter and thinner, more and more systems like ... [more ▼]

To reduce the chromatic aberration lots of imaging systems like cameras and telescopes turn to achromatic doublets. On the other hand, to be cheaper, lighter and thinner, more and more systems like projectors and headlights use Fresnel lenses. To combine high performances and low cost, the use achromatic Fresnel doublets has been investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailUltrathin EUV Filters Testing and Characterization under High Flux (13 SC) for Solar Orbiter EUI Instrument
Jacques, Lionel ULg; Halain, Jean-Philippe ULg; Rossi, Laurence ULg et al

Conference (2011, October 07)

The test setup and characterization parameters of ultrathin EUV filters under high solar flux are presented. These 150nm thick aluminium filters are used at the entrance of the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager ... [more ▼]

The test setup and characterization parameters of ultrathin EUV filters under high solar flux are presented. These 150nm thick aluminium filters are used at the entrance of the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) payload, which is developed at the Centre Spatial de Liège for the Solar Orbiter ESA M-class mission. The solar flux that they shall have to withstand will be as high as 13 solar constants when the spacecraft reach its 0.28AU perihelion. A specific design based on additional ribs has therefore been developed to enhance the thermal behaviour and heat evacuation while preserving its optical properties. It is essential to assess the design performances under the Solar Orbiter high solar flux. Therefore, thermal vacuum test under 13 solar constants will be performed. The filters temperature profiles will be measured during the tests through infrared imaging. A thermal correlation of the test will then be performed to deduce the filters actual thermal properties to be used in the global instrument geometrical and thermal mathematical models. [less ▲]

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See detailFlat Fresnel doublets made of PMMA and PC: combining low cost production and very high concentration ratio for CPV
Languy, Fabian ULg; Fleury-Frenette, Karl ULg; Lenaerts, Cedric ULg et al

in Optics Express (2011), 19(S3), 280-294

The linear chromatic aberration (LCA) of several combinations of polycarbonates (PCs) and poly (methyl methacrylates) (PMMAs) as singlet, hybrid (refractive/diffractive) lenses and doublets operating with ... [more ▼]

The linear chromatic aberration (LCA) of several combinations of polycarbonates (PCs) and poly (methyl methacrylates) (PMMAs) as singlet, hybrid (refractive/diffractive) lenses and doublets operating with wavelengths between 380 and 1600 nm – corresponding to a typical zone of interest of concentrated photovoltaics (CPV) – are compared. Those comparisons show that the maximum theoretical concentration factor for singlets is limited to about 1000 × at normal incidence and that hybrid lenses and refractive doublets present a smaller LCA increasing the concentration factor up to 5000 × and 2 × 106 respectively. A new achromatization equation more useful than the Abbé equation is also presented. Finally we determined the ideal position of the focal point as a function of the LCA and the geometric concentration which maximizes the flux on the solar cell. [less ▲]

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See detailContinuous Solar Simulator for Concentrator Photovoltaic Systems
Thibert, Tanguy ULg; Hellin, Marie-Laure ULg; Loicq, Jerôme ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (2010, September)

A continuous solar simulator for measuring performance of concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems is presented. The illumination system is based on a Xenon lamp, a homogenizer rod, shaping optics and a ... [more ▼]

A continuous solar simulator for measuring performance of concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems is presented. The illumination system is based on a Xenon lamp, a homogenizer rod, shaping optics and a 30cm diameter collimator. The design optimises the reproduction of the characteristics of direct solar illumination: 32’ divergence, high spatial homogeneity, sun-like spectral distribution, with a maximum intensity of 250W/m². It accommodates pass-band and attenuation filters to tune the beam output. It operates in continuous mode, allowing to investigate CPV thermal aspects as well. The present paper addresses the concept design of the solar simulator and associated performance results. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst light of SWAP on-board PROBA2
Halain, Jean-Philippe ULg; Defise, Jean-Marc ULg; Rochus, Pierre ULg et al

in Proceedings of SPIE (2010), 7732

The SWAP telescope (Sun Watcher using Active Pixel System detector and Image Processing) is an instrument launched on 2nd November 2009 on-board the ESA PROBA2 technological mission. SWAP is a space ... [more ▼]

The SWAP telescope (Sun Watcher using Active Pixel System detector and Image Processing) is an instrument launched on 2nd November 2009 on-board the ESA PROBA2 technological mission. SWAP is a space weather sentinel from a low Earth orbit, providing images at 174 nm of the solar corona. The instrument concept has been adapted to the PROBA2 mini-satellite requirements (compactness, low power electronics and a-thermal opto-mechanical system). It also takes advantage of the platform pointing agility, on-board processor, Packetwire interface and autonomous operations. The key component of SWAP is a radiation resistant CMOS-APS detector combined with onboard compression and data prioritization. SWAP has been developed and qualified at the Centre Spatial de Liège (CSL) and calibrated at the PTB-Bessy facility. After launch, SWAP has provided its first images on 14th November 2009 and started its nominal, scientific phase in February 2010, after 3 months of platform and payload commissioning. This paper summarizes the latest SWAP developments and qualifications, and presents the first light results. [less ▲]

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See detailLow Concentration Solar Array Experiment on-board PROBA-2
Ruelle, V.; Rossi, Laurence ULg; Thibert, Tanguy ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 8th Space Power Conference (2008, September)

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See detailCMOS-APS Detectors for Solar Physics: Lessons Learned during the SWAP Preflight Calibration
De Groof, Anik; Berghmans, David; Nicula, Bogdan et al

in Solar Physics (2008)

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See detailSWAP: a novel EUV telescope for space weather
Defise, Jean-Marc ULg; Halain, Jean-Philippe ULg; Berghmans, David et al

in Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series (2007, September 01)

The SWAP telescope (Sun Watcher using Active Pixel System detector and Image Processing) is being developed to be part of the PROBA2 payload, an ESA technological mission to be launched in early 2008 ... [more ▼]

The SWAP telescope (Sun Watcher using Active Pixel System detector and Image Processing) is being developed to be part of the PROBA2 payload, an ESA technological mission to be launched in early 2008. SWAP is directly derived from the concept of the EIT telescope that we developed in the '90s for the SOHO mission. Several major innovations have been introduced in the design of the instrument in order to be compliant with the requirements of the PROBA2 mini-satellite: compactness with a new of-axis optical design, radiation resistance with a new CMOS-APS detector, a very low power electronics, an athermal opto-mechanical system, optimized onboard compression schemes combined with prioritization of collected data, autonomy with automatic triggering of observation and off-pointing procedures in case of Solar event occurrence, ... All these new features result from the low resource requirements (power, mass, telemetry) of the mini-satellite, but also take advantage of the specificities of a modern technological platform, such as quick pointing agility, new powerful on-board processor, Packetwire interface and autonomous operations. These new enhancements will greatly improve the operations of SWAP as a space weather sentinel from a low Earth orbit while the downlink capabilities are limited. This paper summarizes the conceptual design, the development and the qualification of the instrument, the autonomous operations and the expected performances for science exploitation. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of space radiation effects on solid-state Brillouin phase conjugate mirrors
Brignon, Arnaud; Richard, Sébastien; Gusarov, Andreï et al

in Applied Optics (2007), 46(22), 5329-5335

Optical phase conjugation (OPC) provides a means of dynamical correction of thermally induced aberrations in high-power laser systems. This method is particularly interesting for space applications ... [more ▼]

Optical phase conjugation (OPC) provides a means of dynamical correction of thermally induced aberrations in high-power laser systems. This method is particularly interesting for space applications because it is passive, mechanically simple, and allows for improved beam quality with only a small loss in power. To exploit it one has to assess the effect of the space environment, and in particular of space radiation, on the properties of the materials that are suitable for phase-conjugating mirrors (PCMs). We have investigated both materials providing OPC via stimulated Brillouin scattering and actual PCMs with regard to their radiation hardness. Proton- and gamma-irradiated PCMs in the form of 30-cm long silica rods and 5-cm long TeO2 crystals were tested in a single frequency flash-lamp pumped Nd:YAG system delivering up to 220 mJ pulses with a 20 ns duration at a 50 Hz repetition rate. The difference in the reflectivity between irradiated and nonirradiated components was found to be within the measurement errors. Gamma irradiation of TeO2 resulted in a decrease of the laser-induced damage threshold, while for silica possible changes were below the detection limit. Our results show that synthetic fused silica, and Lithosil in particular, can be used for generating the OPC in laser systems operating in a space radiation environment. [less ▲]

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See detailA solid-state phase conjugate mirror for space Lidar systems
Brignon, Arnaud; Richard, Sébastien; Georges, Marc ULg et al

Conference (2007, June)

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See detailSWAP: Sun watcher with a new EUV telescope on a technology demonstration platform
Defise, Jean-Marc ULg; Lecat, Jean-Hervé ULg; Mazy, Emmanuel ULg et al

in 5th International Conference on Space Optics (2004, June 01)

SWAP (SWAP (Sun Watcher using Active Pixel System detector and Image Processing) is an instrument that has been selected to fly on the PROBA-2 technology demonstration platform, a program of the European ... [more ▼]

SWAP (SWAP (Sun Watcher using Active Pixel System detector and Image Processing) is an instrument that has been selected to fly on the PROBA-2 technology demonstration platform, a program of the European Space Agency (ESA) to be launched in 2006. SWAP is based on an off-axis degraded Ritchey Chretien telescope that will image the EUV solar corona at 19.5 nm on a specifically fabricated extreme ultraviolet (EUV) sensitivity enhanced CMOS APS detector. The optical design and the optical coatings are derived from the Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT) operating on-board SOHO since 1995. It has been adapted for a single wavelength telescope with off-axis optics. It allows to use smaller optics and filters, with simple internal baffles avoiding external protruding parts. The superpolished optics will receive a multilayer coating that provides spectral selection centred on 19.5 nm and EUV reflectivity in normal incidence. This compact design is specifically adapted for accommodation on PROBA-2, where mass and envelope requirements are very stringent The SWAP PROBA-2 program will be an opportunity to demonstrate this new optical concept, while it will also validate space remote sensing with APS detectors, as well as on-board image processing capabilities. On the science outcomes, SWAP will provide solar corona images in the Fe XII line on a baselined 2-min cadence. Observations with this specific wavelength allow detecting phenomena, such as solar flares or 'EIT-waves', associated with the early phase of coronal mass ejections. The SWAP data will complement the observations provided by SOHO-EIT, and STEREO-SECCHI. [less ▲]

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See detailMAGRITTE: an instrument suite for the solar atmospheric imaging assembly (AIA) aboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory
Rochus, Pierre ULg; Defise, Jean-Marc ULg; Halain, Jean-Philippe ULg et al

in Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series (2004, February 01)

The Solar Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) aboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory will characterize the dynamical evolution of the solar plasma from the chromosphere to the corona, and will follow the ... [more ▼]

The Solar Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) aboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory will characterize the dynamical evolution of the solar plasma from the chromosphere to the corona, and will follow the connection of plasma dynamics with magnetic activity throughout the solar atmosphere. The AIA consists of 7 high-resolution imaging telescopes in the following spectral bandpasses: 1215Å. Ly-a, 304 Å He II, 629 Å OV, 465 Å Ne VII, 195 Å Fe XII (includes Fe XXIV), 284 Å Fe XV, and 335 Å Fe XVI. The telescopes are grouped by instrumental approach: the MAGRITTE Filtergraphs (R. MAGRITTE, famous 20th Century Belgian Surrealistic Artist), five multilayer EUV channels with bandpasses ranging from 195 to 1216 Å, and the SPECTRE Spectroheliograph with one soft-EUV channel at OV 629 Å. They will be simultaneously operated with a 10-second imaging cadence. These two instruments, the electronic boxes and two redundant Guide Telescopes (GT) constitute the AIA suite. They will be mounted and coaligned on a dedicated common optical bench. The GTs will provide pointing jitter information to the whole SHARPP assembly. This paper presents the selected technologies, the different challenges, the trade-offs to be made in phase A, and the model philosophy. From a scientific viewpoint, the unique combination high temporal and spatial resolutions with the simultaneous multi-channel capability will allow MAGRITTE / SPECTRE to explore new domains in the dynamics of the solar atmosphere, in particular the fast small-scale phenomena. We show how the spectral channels of the different instruments were derived to fulfill the AIA scientific objectives, and we outline how this imager array will address key science issues, like the transition region and coronal waves or flare precursors, in coordination with other SDO experiments. We finally describe the real-time solar monitoring products that will be made available for space-weather forecasting applications. [less ▲]

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See detailSWAP: Sun watcher using APS detector on-board PROBA-2, a new EUV off-axis telescope on a technology demonstration platform
Defise, Jean-Marc ULg; Berghmans, David; Hochedez, Jean-Francois E et al

in Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series (2003)

SWAP (Sun Watcher using Active Pixel System detector and Image Processing) is an instrument that has been selected to fly on the PROBA-II technology demonstration platform, a program of the European Space ... [more ▼]

SWAP (Sun Watcher using Active Pixel System detector and Image Processing) is an instrument that has been selected to fly on the PROBA-II technology demonstration platform, a program of the European Space Agency (ESA) to be launched in 2006. This paper presents the instrument concept and its scientific goals. SWAP uses an off-axis Ritchey Chretien telescope that will image the EUV solar corona at 19.5 nm on a specifically fabricated extreme ultraviolet (EUV) sensitivity enhanced CMOS APS detector. This type of detector has advantages that promise to be very profitable for solar EUV imaging. The SWAP design is built on a similar concept as the MAGRITTE instrument suite for the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) mission to be launched in 2007. The optics have been adapted to the detector size. The SWAP PROBA-2 program will be an opportunity to demonstrate and validate the optical concept of MAGRITTE, while it will also validate space remote sensing with APS detectors. On the science outcomes, SWAP will provide solar corona images in the Fe XII line on a baselined 1-min cadence. Observations with this specific wavelength allow detecting phenomena, such as solar flares or 'EIT-waves", associated with the early phase of coronal mass ejections. Image recognition software will be developed that automatically detects these phenomena and sends out space weather warnings. Different modules of this software will run both on the ground system as well as on the onboard computer of PROBA II. The SWAP data will complement the observations provided by SOHO-EIT, and STEREO-SECCHI. [less ▲]

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