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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 & Michael Humphreys

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
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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


OpticStudio Online References

This article contains a summary of all the pages on the Zemax website with information about the OpticStudio Online edition. 

Authored By: Kristen Norton

Published On: May 23, 2017


OpticStudio Online FAQ

This article answers common questions about the OpticStudio Online edition.
 

Authored By: Thomas Pickering

Published On: May 23, 2017


Support Material for ZOS-API Users

Support Material for ZOS-API Users

Authored By: Tess Jacobs


NSC Angle of Incidence from Ray Database Viewer

This article shows the steps for calculating the AOI based on the LMN direction cosine of a ray and the Normal vector of the surface at the intersection point.  There is a provided ZPL macro will will automatically calculate this information for the user from a ZRD file loaded in a Ray Database Viewer.

Authored By: Michael Humphreys

Published On: February 14, 2017


Understanding the Detector Polar

The Detector Polar object stores the intensity data from NSC source rays that strike it. The Detector Polar is spherical in shape but the resulting data distributions in the angular domains are displayed in 2D. And this point can cause confusion.
The aim of this article is to explain clearly how OpticStudio maps rays striking 3D sphere onto a 2D intensity plot. It also gives some details on the conventions used in OpticStudio.

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Authored By: Sandrine Auriol

Published On: January 10, 2017


Adjusting Relative Luminosity to Simulate the Visible Spectrum

Relative luminosity is very important in optical design. By defining appropriate weighting per the characteristics of the optical system, we can better model what we would expect to see. This article demonstrates a method of using wavelength weighting to model the relative luminosity of the visible spectrum as perceived by the human eye.

Authored By: Kayo Sugiyama, translated by Jade Aiona

Published On: May 5, 2017


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