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Exploring non-sequential mode in OpticStudio

This article is intended to introduce prospective and new OpticStudio users to the suite of capabilities available in the software’s Non-Sequential mode. Topics include Mixed Mode, source modeling, complex geometry creation, and detectors and analyses. Ray tracing functionalities such as splitting and scattering and non-sequential analyses are also discussed.

Authored By: Akash Arora

Published On: October 8, 2014


Exploring Sequential Mode in OpticStudio

This article introduces prospective and new OpticStudio users to the capabilities of Sequential Mode. The discussion includes demonstrations setting system properties, using layouts and some basic analyses, extended source modeling, and modeling off-axis systems.

Authored By: Akash Arora

Published On: October 6, 2014


Exploring Physical Optics Propagation in OpticStudio

The Physical Optics Propagation analysis is a powerful Sequential Mode tool for analyzing beam propagation and fiber coupling. This article is intended to serve as an introduction to the capabilities of this analysis tool, and takes the reader through several use case examples. It also demonstrates use of a key supplementary feature, the Beam File Viewer.   

Authored By: Andrew Locke

Published On: October 31, 2005


What is a Ray?

This article explains:
  • What a ray is
  • Rays and wavefronts
  • Coordinates, cosines, and propagation
  • Refraction, reflection, and diffraction
  • Amplitude. phase and optical path                         

 

Authored By: Ken Moore

Published On: December 2, 2015


Understanding paraxial ray tracing

Paraxial rays and parabasal rays are often used in OpticStudio to calculate system data and analysis results. It is important to understand what these rays are in order to avoid confusion in analysis results. This article discusses these special rays and how they differ from each other and from real rays.
 
This article is accompanied by a downloadable ZIP archive containing the sample files used and a ZPL macro.

Authored By: Mark Nicholson

Published On: July 21, 2005


How to Model Corner-Cube Retroreflectors

Corner Cube retroreflectors are commonly used in a wide range of optical systems. This article describes various different ways in which these components can be modeled in Zemax OpticStudio. The treatment can be as detailed as the user needs, with effects due to face misalignment, roofline straddling, thin-film coatings, diffraction etc included as required.
 

Authored By: Mark Nicholson

Published On: December 14, 2015


How to Debug a Double-Pass Lens File

This article describes an easy way to test whether a double-pass lens file is correctly set up, or not, and to identify where any errors are.
                                                                                                                                                   

Authored By: Mark Nicholson

Published On: January 4, 2016


How to Model a Scanning Mirror

This article explains:
  • How to set up the coordinate breaks needed to make a scanning mirror
  • How to use the Multiple Configuration Editor to sample multiple scan angles
  • How to set up a galvanometer-style scanning mirror, where the mirror tilts about its vertex
  • How to set up a polygon scanning mirror, where the mirror tilts about an offset point

The article is accompanied by a ZIP archive containing the sample Zemax OpticStudio files used. This can be downloaded from the final page of the article.

 

Authored By: Mark Nicholson

Published On: December 15, 2015


How to Generate Cross-Section and Moment Data for an Extended Source using Geometric Image Analysis

This article describes how to use the Geometric Image Analysis feature to generate cross-section plots of and moment data (centroid, RMS width) for an extended source. This feature may also be used to generate results for a point source (in the limit where the source size is set to zero), allowing Geometric Image Analysis to supplement results provided by the Spot Diagram.
 
 

Authored By: Sanjay Gangadhara

Published On: December 15, 2015


What Does the Sampling Correspond to in Wavefront-Based Calculations?

This article describes how to interpret the sampling used in wavefront-based analyses such as the Wavefront Map, the PSF and the MTF.
 
 

Authored By: Ken Moore

Published On: December 15, 2015


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