Solar Photonics

Solar photonics is a science on the boundary between photonics/optical communication and solar energy. Basically the idea is to distribute solar energy though optical fibres or other photonic guides (liquids). The term is first found in the work by a research team at the Department of Solar Energy and Environmental Physics at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel:

Solar photonics refers to the exploitation of the inherent photonic or quantum-mechanical value of sunlight... there are instances for which immense photon densities are required, as well as the wavelengths present in the solar spectrum. —Gordon Feuermann, Online pamphlet "Department of solar energy and environmental physics" page 13 (January 2000)

Examples mentioned in the referred publication are solar surgery, concentration of photonic power generation and solar photonics for nanotechnology.

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