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 Install the Network License Version of OpticStudio

This article explains how to configure a keyserver and client machine for use with the network version of OpticStudio using a softkey license or Red USB key.

If you have a Black USB network license instead, refer to Installing OpticStudio with a Black USB Network Hardkey

For instructions on how to install the single-user license version of OpticStudio, please see this article.  
 
CONTENTS:
 
Introduction

Installing On the Keyserver Machine Installing on the Client Machine Frequently Asked Questions
Addendum: Restarting the Sentinel LDK License Manager Service to fix issues

Authored By: Alison Yates & Alissa Wilczynski

Published On: April 8, 2016


How To Compile An Extension Using Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012

This article describes how to compile an Extension using the Microsoft Visual Studio C++ compiler.

 

Authored By: Alison Yates

Published On: February 18, 2014


How to Report a Problem or Possible Bug to Zemax Support

This article describes how to report problems or bugs and generate the files the Zemax support team will need to quickly resolve your issue.

Contents:

Before reporting a problem

Gathering More Information

Addendum How to create a screen shot

Authored By: Zemax Support

Published On: August 29, 2017


How to Use the Help System with OpticStudio

OpticStudio contains updated reference material in an easily-navigable in-line help system that replaces the 1000-page manual of previous releases of Zemax. This article explains how the organization and structure of the new Help System in OpticStudio.
 

 

Authored By: Alison Yates

Published On: March 19, 2014


OpticStudio Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This articles answers Frequently Asked Questions about the OpticStudio release. 
 


 


Authored By: Alison Yates

Published On: March 17, 2014


Troubleshooting your OpticStudio Installation

This article explains what to do if you have problems launching OpticStudio 14.2 and later, or experience graphics issues.

If you are able to run OpticStudio but have a crash or other problems while using it, refer to the following article:
How to Report a Problem or Possible Bug to Zemax Support

If you experience slow response in graphics windows while running OpticStudio, refer to the following article.
Troubleshooting UI Issues in OpticStudio
 
If you experience black (or white) windows when using OpticStudio, refer to the following article.
What to Do if the Graphics Windows in OpticStudio are Black

Contents:

Issue: OpticStudio Requests a License Code
Issue: OpticStudio is unable to find a license key
Error: OpticStudio requires the .NET Framework
Issue: Nothing happens when launching OpticStudio
Error: OpticStudio has stopped working
Issue: OpticStudio hangs at splash screen on startup


Getting help from Zemax

 


Authored By: Alison Yates

Published On: October 15, 2015


Installing OpticStudio for the First Time

This article explains how to download and install OpticStudio.
 

CONTENTS:

Authored By: Alison Yates

Published On: April 12, 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


Talking to ZEMAX from Python using PyZDDE

This article describes:

  • How to use PyZDDE to communicate between Zemax and Python
  • The three modes of operation of PyZDDE using examples
  • Brief description of the PyZDDE toolbox, and few use cases
 

Authored By: Indranil Sinharoy (Lyle School of Engineering, Southern Methodist University, TX)

Published On: January 22, 2014


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