I have recently come across the concept of CLFRs, and I want to build one myself, as a private experiment.
I have a rudimentary knowledge of optics (which I'm sure I'll have to refresh on) - any useful links would be appreciated on bringing me up to speed.
My understanding of the technology is as follows (I stand to be corrected if this knowledge is incorrect).
A linear Fresnel reflector is constructed by taking equal width "strips" out of a parabolic mirror and "translating" the "strips" on to a horizontal surface in such a way that all the strips have bases with the same Y coordinate.
A compact linear fresnel reflector superimposes two parabolic mirrors (facing oposing directions) and decomposes them into two sets of alternating, equal width "strips" lying on the same horizontal line.
Is my understanding of the construction of CLFR correct? If yes, is there an algorithm I can use to "slice" a parabola into slices of width w, whilst preserving the reflecting angle of each "slice"?
I can think of a way of generating an algorithm, using geometry and elementary calculus - BUT, I don't profess to be an expert in this area, so I want to know what specialists in this field suggest.
A schematic of a CLFR is shown below:
In summary, how may I build a CLFR by "decomposing" two parabolas into two alternating rows of strips of width w ?