How to Model an Off-Axis Ellipsoidal Mirror at Finite Conjugates

This article explains how to model an off-axis ellipsoidal mirror when the light source is a one focal point of an ellipsoidal mirror and image (detector) in another focal point of an ellipsoidal mirror.

Authored By: Mike Sluch (msluch@yahoo.com)

Published On: January 12, 2018


Contrast Loss Map in OpticStudio 17.5

Contrast Loss Map is a new feature in OpticStudio 17.5 that provides an easy way to understand how contrast varies or is lost in an optical system. It visualizes contrast loss for a specific frequency of the Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) as a distribution map across the exit pupil. Contrast Loss Map gives insight into how the MTF is degrading across the pupil. You can then use the data to determine what changes to make to your system to improve MTF. Contrast Loss Map plots the same contrast loss values that are calculated during Contrast Optimization, a new capability introduced in OpticStudio 17 that uses the Moore-Elliott method to optimize for MTF at least 30 times faster than traditional methods.

Authored By: Michael Cheng

Published On: November 17, 2017


Enhancements to the Optimization Wizard in OpticStudio 17.5

OpticStudio 17.5 includes enhancements to the Optimization Wizard to make it easier to choose the right optimization method for your design. The performance of the generated merit functions has also been improved.

Authored By: Chris Normanshire

Published On: November 16, 2017


Optimizing for MTF Performance using Contrast Optimization

Our new Contrast Optimization technique allows for robust and efficient optimization on the system MTF at a given spatial frequency. The method minimizes the wavefront differences between pairs of rays separated by a pupil shift corresponding to the targeted spatial frequency, which maximizes the MTF. Further computational efficiency is achieved by using Gaussian Quadrature to determine the pattern of rays sampled. Examples are given to demonstrate the advantages of the technique.

Authored By: Erin Elliott, Jade Aiona

Published On: September 25, 2017


Modeling Photoluminescence in OpticStudio: A Photoluminescent Solar Concentrator

This article describes the Phosphors and Fluorescence Model, which is the most sophisticated tool available for simulating photoluminescent materials in OpticStudio. The model is discussed, and then its use is demonstrated through the simulation of a luminescent solar concentrator.

Authored By: Zachary Derocher

Published On: September 22, 2017


Understanding Tangential/Sagittal in OpticStudio and How To Rotate Rays

This article explains:

  • Conventional Tangential and Sagittal planes
  • Tangential and Sagittal planes in OpticStudio
  • Rotation of Tangential and Sagittal planes
  • MTF responses to rotation

Authored By: Misato Hayashida

Published On: September 11, 2017


Common examples from Essential Macleod coatings

This article provides examples of common thin-film components created in Essential Macleod thin-film design software. These components should not be considered the best that can be produced. For these coatings, the incident medium is air unless otherwise noted.
These Macleod coatings are available in the standard COATING.DAT file that’s included in the OpticStudio installation files.
 

Authored By: Angus Macleod, Sandrine Auriol, Thomas Pickering

Published On: August 24, 2017


Rotation Matrix and Tilt About X/Y/Z in OpticStudio

In this article, we will discuss about rotation matrix and Tilt About X, Y, Z. And some related frequently asked questions.

Authored By: Michael Cheng

Published On: August 2, 2017


How to debug a DLL or EXE

This article shows a technique to attach the Visual Studio debugger to a running process in the case of a user defined surface (DLL) and in the case of a user defined operand called UDOC (EXE). The technique is shown here using Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2013 Desktop.

Compile the DLL or EXE
Open OpticStudio and select the user defined surface or operand
Attach to Process
Set Breakpoints
Run the DLL/EXE
Stop the debugger
Distributing the DLL/EXE in Release Mode
Conclusion



 

Authored By: Michael Humphreys, Sandrine Auriol and Tim Gustafson

Published On: July 11, 2017


Mapping DDE data items to ZOS-API methods

This article contains a table mapping the old DDE data items to the new ZOS-API methods.

Authored By: Thomas Pickering

Published On: July 6, 2017


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