This article shows the benefits of the new Individual Boundary constraints feature:
-Demonstration of the increase of the optimization speed and improvement of the optimization results.
-How the new feature handled adding and/or deleting surfaces and negative thicknesses
-Differences in the Merit Function value
Authored By: Marine Dugas
Published On: December 16, 2015
Search this Knowledge Base directly from the Omnibar in Google Chrome!
This article walks through configuring Google Chrome to:
- Search this Knowledge Base from the Omnibar in Chrome
- Search Zemax.com from the Omnibar in Chrome
Authored By: Jeff Leiseth
Published On: November 5, 2015
In this article, we will show how to create a User Analysis using the new ZOS-API.NET.
- Vary thickness of a surface in steps of 10 μm
- Run QuickFocus to bring image plane into focus
- For each step, calculate FFT MTF at several spatial frequencies
- Plot data
Authored By: Thomas Aumeyr
Published On: November 26, 2015
In OpticStudio, total internal reflection (TIR) is applied at a surfacebefore other surface properties, such as scattering. This can cause a problem when attempting to model light pipes or fibers that include optically rough surfaces. Such elements rely on TIR, but don’t achieve perfect TIR behavior due to the surface roughness. To correctly model such systems, an embedded surface can be used so that the scatter function is applied before the TIR.
Authored By: Erin Elliott & Alissa Wilczynski
Published On: October 21, 2015
This article outlines how to update the support expiration information on a softkey license and how to move a softkey license from one machine to another. For information on installing a new softkey license, please visit "How to Install the Network License Version of OpticStudio."
Authored By: Alissa Wilczynski
Published On: October 6, 2016
The coordinate breaks in OpticStudio are extremely flexible. Coordinate breaks can be used to tilt or decenter any optical surface, or group of optical surfaces, about any pivot point, without disturbing the rest of the optical system.
In this article, I’ll show how to tilt a lens about its front vertex without disturbing the rest of the optical system. I’ll also use global coordinates to check that the system remains undisturbed. Then I’ll move on to tilting a lens about its center, and finally I’ll demonstrate tilting a lens about an arbitrary point in space.
Authored By: Erin Elliott
Published On: September 24, 2015
This article describes how to trace large number of rays in Zemax OpticStudio using a Python-based DDE1 extension called PyZDDE.
1Although the DDE extension has been superseded by the new and excellent .NET based extension in the latest release of OpticStudio, Zemax will most likely retain the DDE interface for the foreseeable future.
Authored By: Indranil Sinharoy (Lyle School of Engineering, Southern Methodist University, Dallas), Julian Stuermer (Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago, US)
Published On: September 4, 2015
This article explains what to do if you install OpticStudio and experience a slow user interface. There are a number of preferences and settings that can be changed to help speed up the UI. If you are experiencing other installation problems, please see the Troublshooting your OpticStudio Installation
Knowledge Base Article.
This article will walk you through the following troubleshooting steps:
- Checking for graphics driver updates from the manufacturer
- Changing your Project Preferences
- Checking your Non-Sequential Settings
- Getting help from Zemax
Authored By: Alissa Wilczynski & Alison Yates
Published On: August 24, 2015
OpticStudio has several ways of modeling polarization based optical phenomena:
- Jones Matrix Surface
- Thin Film Coatings
- Birefringent In/ Birefringent Out Surface
The purpose of this article is to examine the strengths and proper applications of these features when modeling polarization based optics.
Authored By: Kyle Hawkins
Published On: August 19, 2015
This article demonstrates how to set up an optical system for a HMD in sequential mode, using a wedge- shaped prism and freeform surfaces.
Brief process overview
Defining Field of View (FOV)
Total Internal Reflection (TIR)
Setting up Rectangular Apertures
Setting up Multi- Configuration Editor (MCE)
Authored By: Natalie Pastuszka
Published On: August 18, 2015