Parabolic Reflector
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- | The geometry of a parabola makes this shape useful for such solar dishes. If the dish is facing the sun, beams of light coming from the sun are essentially parallel when they hit the dish. Considering the construction of a [[parabola]], these incoming beams would be perpendicular to the parabola's directrix. | + | The geometry of a parabola makes this shape useful for such solar dishes. If the dish is facing the sun, beams of light coming from the sun are essentially parallel to each other when they hit the dish. Considering the construction of a [[parabola]], these incoming beams would be perpendicular to the parabola's directrix. Upon hitting the surface of the dish, the beams are reflected directly towards the focus of the parabola, which is where a device to absorb the sun's energy would be located. |
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Revision as of 13:46, 15 June 2009
- Solar Dishes such as the one shown use a paraboloid shape to focus the incoming light into a single collector.
Basic Description
The geometry of a parabola makes this shape useful for such solar dishes. If the dish is facing the sun, beams of light coming from the sun are essentially parallel to each other when they hit the dish. Considering the construction of a parabola, these incoming beams would be perpendicular to the parabola's directrix. Upon hitting the surface of the dish, the beams are reflected directly towards the focus of the parabola, which is where a device to absorb the sun's energy would be located.
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