Display Pupils on a Layout Plot

You can easily show the Entrance and Exit Pupils in both the LDE and Layout Plots by using dummy surfaces and pickups to show the location of the pupils without affecting the other surfaces in your sequential system.  This article walks through how to use ZPL Macro and Chief Ray Height thickness solves in the Lens Data Editor (LDE) as well as hiding dummy surfaces in a layout plot.

Authored By: Michael Humphreys

Published On: November 13, 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


Modeling Optics with Realistic Edge Apertures

OpticStudio 16 offers a comprehensive way to model realistic lens apertures with opto-mechanical semi-diameters. Three separate apertures (semi-diameter, chip zone, and mechanical semi-diameter) offer the ability to define a lens component the same way it is made.

Authored By: Thomas Aumeyr

Published On: April 15, 2016


Designing a Head- Mounted Display (HMD) for Augmented Reality Systems in Zemax OpticStudio

This article demonstrates how to set up an optical system for a HMD in sequential mode, using a wedge- shaped prism and freeform surfaces.

CONTENTS:

Brief process overview
Introduction
Design Strategy
Defining Field of View (FOV)
Total Internal Reflection (TIR)
Setting up Rectangular Apertures
Optimization
Setting up Multi- Configuration Editor (MCE)
Analysis

 

Authored By: Natalie Pastuszka

Published On: August 18, 2015


How to Define Metal Materials in Zemax OpticStudio

This article explains how to add metal materials in Zemax and how to apply them to sequential surfaces or non-sequential object faces.  Additional information on coatings can be found in the following KB articles:

How to Add Coating and Scattering Functions to Non-Sequential Objects
How to Model a Partially Reflective and Partially Scattering Surface

Authored By: Kristen Norton

Published On: September 23, 2014


How to Design a Confocal Fluorescent Microscope in Zemax OpticStudio

This articled shows how to design a confocal fluorescent microscope in Zemax OpticStudio using a combination of the Sequential and Non-Sequential modes. The system is designed in two major parts:

  • Laser focusing (and collimating) system to the microscope objective
  • Microscope objective to the tube lens and detector
The microscope objective used in this example is the K_007 objective available in Zebase. Zebase is a collection of more than 600 sequential systems, and can be purchased for use with OpticStudio.

Authored By: Lisa Li

Published On: August 19, 2014


Understanding the Geometry in OpticStudio Curvature Cross-Section Analysis

This article explains the geometry behind the OpticStudio curvature cross-section analysis. Two important aspects to understand are

  • the conventions used for the tangential and sagittal curvature directions, and
  • the placement of the cross-section in situations where the aperture is decentered.
A point of possible confusion is clarified for situations when the surface is not rotationally symmetric and the tangential and sagittal curvature becomes multi-valued at the surface vertex due to the arbitrary choice of the tangential direction at that point.

Authored By: Shawn Gay

Published On: June 10, 2016


How To Design a Singlet Lens

This article explains:

  • Modifying system settings, including System Aperture, Lens Units, Fields and Wavelengths
  • Entering lens prescription data
  • Using solves to enforce design contraints
  • Analyzing system performance prior to optimization
  • Determining degrees of freedom and setting variables
  • Setting up a default merit function
  • Optimizing and analyzing final design performance

Authored By: Dan Hill

Published On: December 1, 2015


Zemax Narcissus Analysis Macro

Summary:

This article will demonstrate how to analyse narcissus effect in infrared systems with cooled detectors. In summary:

  • Ghost files generated with Zemax ghost generator are loaded and for each file vignetting and transmission data are gathered
  • According to user input temperature data (housing, detector and ambiant) narcissus integral coefficient is calculated
  • Surface NITD contributions and total NITD results are displayed
  • All numeric NITD data are written into a text file


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