Understanding the Detector Polar

The Detector Polar object stores the intensity data from NSC source rays that strike it. The Detector Polar is spherical in shape but the resulting data distributions in the angular domains are displayed in 2D. And this point can cause confusion.
The aim of this article is to explain clearly how OpticStudio maps rays striking 3D sphere onto a 2D intensity plot. It also gives some details on the conventions used in OpticStudio.

CONTENTS:

 

Authored By: Sandrine Auriol

Published On: January 10, 2017


How to Protect and Prevent Loss of your Softkey License

This article outlines the best practices for working with a softkey license.  We will cover the ways to backup your license and prevent loss of the softkey license.

Authored By: Don Dickinson

Published On: October 7, 2016


Installing OpticStudio with a Black USB Single-User Hardkey

This article is intended to help people with black USB single-user licenses install OpticStudio.  Note that this article does not cover network installations, which are discussed in this separate article.

Authored By: Alissa Wilczynski

Published On: September 27, 2016


Installing OpticStudio with a Black USB Network Hardkey

This article is intended to help people with black USB network licenses install OpticStudio.  Note that this article does not cover single-user installations, which are discussed in this separate article.
 

CONTENTS:
Introduction
On the Keyserver Installing OpticStudio on the Client Machine
  • Installing the OpticStudio Application
  • Configuring OpticStudio to find the key server

Troubleshooting

  • You get prompted to enter a license code
  • OpticStudio "Cannot Find Zemax Key" Error
  • Cannot reach the Sentinel Keys License Monitor page on the client
  • Cannot reach the Sentinel Keys License Monitor page on the keyserver
  • Sentinel Keys License Monitor "Keys Information" page is blank or there is an error.

Summary & Checklist

Authored By: Alissa Wilczynski

Published On: September 26, 2016


How to Connect to the ZOS-API with the Interactive Extension using Matlab

In this article, we will show how to connect to the ZOS-API with the new Interactive Extension using Matlab. The Interactive Extension mode is almost identical to a User Extension except an Interactive Extension does not have to be a standalone executable. This capability allows connections from scripting environments such as Matlab or Python where there is no compiled executable that OpticStudio can launch. 
 

Authored By: Thomas Pickering

Published On: August 29, 2016


Using Diffractive Surfaces to Model Intraocular Lenses

This article will demonstrate how users can use the Binary 2 surface to model an intraocular lens. Throughout this article, we will go through a demonstrative design and outline many of the concepts, as well as tips and tricks, involved in designing intraocular lenses in OpticStudio.

Authored By: James E. Hernandez

Published On: August 19, 2016


How to Design A Catadioptric, Omnidirectional Sensor

This article walks through a deomsrative design of an omnidiriectional, catadioptric sensor in OpticStudio. Throughout the article, tips and tricks are presented to designers looking to model their own omnidirectional system.

Authored By: James E. Hernandez

Published On: August 19, 2016


Using Physical Optics Propagation (POP), Part 3: Inspecting the beam phases

This article is Part 3 of a series that works through an example system to show the correct way to use Physical Optics Propagation (POP).  In part 1, we discussed the example system and looked at the beam file viewer.  In part 2, we looked at the beam intensities and problems that can arise with the intensities.  In part 3, we’ll look at the beam phases and problems that can arise in the phase profiles of the beam.

Authored By: Erin Elliott

Published On: September 14, 2016


Using Physical Optics Propagation (POP), Part 2: Inspecting the beam intensities

This article explores problems that can appear in the beam intensity profiles when using Physical Optics Propagation (POP) in OpticStudio.  The beams can be undersampled and/or can lack an adequate guard band around the beam. We demonstrate several fixes for these problems.

Authored By: Erin Elliott

Published On: September 14, 2016


Using Physical Optics Propagation (POP), Part 1: Inspecting the beams

This article introduces the Physical Optics Propagation (POP) tool in OpticStudio, which propagates electric fields in free space.  It introduces the Beam File Viewer, which is used to inspect the phase and intensity of the beam at every surface.

Authored By: Erin Elliott

Published On: September 14, 2016


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