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Transferring and Updating a Softkey License

This article outlines how to update the support information on a softkey license and how to move a softkey license from one machine to another. 

If you are working on a machine without internet access, please see our article "Activate, Transfer, or Update a Softkey License On A Machine Without Internet Access."

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Authored By: Alissa Wilczynski

Published On: October 6, 2016


Array ray tracing in Zemax OpticStudio from Python using the DDE extension

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1Although the DDE extension has been superseded by the new and excellent .NET based extension in the latest release of OpticStudio, Zemax will most likely retain the DDE interface for the foreseeable future.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


Troubleshooting UI Issues in OpticStudio

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


Investigating Zemax OpticStudio's Polarization Features

OpticStudio has several ways of modeling polarization-based optical phenomena. The purpose of this article is to examine the strengths and proper applications of these features when modeling polarization-based optics. 

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Authored By: Kyle Hawkins and Nicholas Herringer

Published On: April 28, 2017


Designing a head-mounted display (HMD) for augmented reality systems in Zemax OpticStudio

Augmented reality systems provide good demonstrations of multiple ray paths and free-form optics. This article demonstrates how to set up an optical system for a HMD in Sequential Mode, using a wedge-shaped prism and freeform surfaces.

Authored By: Natalie Pastuszka

Published On: August 18, 2015


Interfacing to OpticStudio from Mathematica

This article provides an example of the standalone method, in which the external application is Mathematica. A Mathematica notebook is used as a user interface and scripting language. It will start an OpticStudio session, load an existing lens file, manipulate that lens file to alter the lens design, perform an analyses, and obtain and process the results to provide information not directly available through OpticStudio.

Published On: May 3, 2015


ZOS-API.NET: An Overview

An application programming interface (API) for OpticStudio enables connections to, and customization of, the application using the latest software technology.

Published On: May 3, 2015


Overview of Photoluminescence Simulation in OpticStudio

Photoluminescence is the phenomenon where photons are absorbed in a medium and part of the absorbed energy is reemitted as photons. Broadly speaking, there are two categories of photoluminescent emission, fluorescence and phosphorescence. Each of these can be modeled in OpticStudio using the photoluminescence bulk scattering model available in non-sequential mode.

Authored By: Shawn Gay

Published On: May 4, 2015


Ophthalmic Lens Design

This article describes the principles of ophthalmic lens design, and discusses the parameters of the lens, the eye and the visual environment that are critical to the lens design. A glass catalog for common ophthalmic lens materials (both glasses and polymers) is included.
The article does not include progressive lens design, although progressive lenses tend to follow the general base curve principles of other ophthalmic lenses, nor does it consider specific purpose lenses such as those intended to reduce the progression of myopia.

Authored By: Rod Watkins - Director of Strategic Development Optometry and Vision Science, Flinders University

Published On: May 6, 2015


How to Define Metal Materials in Zemax OpticStudio

This article explains how to add metal materials in Zemax and how to apply them to sequential surfaces or non-sequential object faces.  Additional information on coatings can be found in the following KB articles:

How to Add Coating and Scattering Functions to Non-Sequential Objects
How to Model a Partially Reflective and Partially Scattering Surface

Authored By: Kristen Norton

Published On: September 23, 2014


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