Exploring Non-Sequential Mode in OpticStudio

This article introduces prospective and new OpticStudio users to the Non-Sequential ray tracing capabilities of the software including:
 
  • Mixed/hybrid-mode
  • Source modeling
  • Complex geometry creation
  • Ray splitting, scattering
  • Detectors & analysis
  • Advanced features

 

 

 

Authored By: Akash Arora

Published On: October 8, 2014


Exploring Sequential Mode in OpticStudio

This article introduces prospective and new OpticStudio users to the capabilities of sequential mode, including:
 
  • Layouts
  • Spot Diagrams
  • Ray and Optical Path Difference (OPD) Fans
  • MTF calculations
  • Extended source modeling
  • Off-axis systems
  • System aperture, field and wavelength data

This article can be used to explore both the OpticStudio demo and full, licensed versions of OpticStudio.

 

 

Authored By: Akash Arora

Published On: October 6, 2014


Exploring Physical Optics Propagation in OpticStudio

This article introduces prospective and new users to the Physical Optics Propagation capabilities of OpticStudio including:
  • Anamorphic beams
  • Fiber coupling
  • Gibbs phenomenon
  • Spatial filters
  • Complex optics
  • Beam File Viewer

 

 

Authored By: Andrew Locke

Published On: October 31, 2005


What is a Ray?

This article explains:
  • What a ray is
  • Rays and wavefronts
  • Coordinates, cosines, and propagation
  • Refraction, reflection, and diffraction
  • Amplitude. phase and optical path                         

 

Authored By: Ken Moore

Published On: December 2, 2015


Understanding Paraxial Ray-Tracing

This article explains:
  • What paraxial rays are
  • What parabasal rays are
  • Differences between them that can cause confusion

The article is accompanied by a ZIP archive containing the samples used and a macro. This can be downloaded from the final page of the article.

 

Authored By: Mark Nicholson

Published On: July 21, 2005


What is an "Effective F-Number"?

This article explains:
  • The meaning of F-Number for optical systems with non-circular stops
  • The theoretical basis for the defined effective F-Number in Zemax                               

Authored By: Ronian Siew

Published On: December 29, 2015


How to Model Corner-Cube Retroreflectors

Corner Cube retroreflectors are commonly used in a wide range of optical systems. This article describes various different ways in which these components can be modeled in Zemax OpticStudio. The treatment can be as detailed as the user needs, with effects due to face misalignment, roofline straddling, thin-film coatings, diffraction etc included as required.
 

Authored By: Mark Nicholson

Published On: December 14, 2015


How to Debug a Double-Pass Lens File

This article describes an easy way to test whether a double-pass lens file is correctly set up, or not, and to identify where any errors are.
                                                                                                                                                   

Authored By: Mark Nicholson

Published On: January 4, 2016


How to Model a Scanning Mirror

This article explains:
  • How to set up the coordinate breaks needed to make a scanning mirror
  • How to use the Multiple Configuration Editor to sample multiple scan angles
  • How to set up a galvanometer-style scanning mirror, where the mirror tilts about its vertex
  • How to set up a polygon scanning mirror, where the mirror tilts about an offset point

The article is accompanied by a ZIP archive containing the sample Zemax OpticStudio files used. This can be downloaded from the final page of the article.

 

Authored By: Mark Nicholson

Published On: December 15, 2015


How to Generate Cross-Section and Moment Data for an Extended Source using Geometric Image Analysis

This article describes how to use the Geometric Image Analysis feature to generate cross-section plots of and moment data (centroid, RMS width) for an extended source. This feature may also be used to generate results for a point source (in the limit where the source size is set to zero), allowing Geometric Image Analysis to supplement results provided by the Spot Diagram.
 
 

Authored By: Sanjay Gangadhara

Published On: December 15, 2015


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