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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.

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: July 25, 2018


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


How to Identify Specific Rays Using Filter Strings

This article explains how to use filter strings to identify and isolate specific rays in a non-sequential system. Examples are given which show how to isolate rays that have undergone surface scattering and bulk scattering, as well as rays that undergo diffraction and fluorescence.
 
 

Authored By: Sanjay Gangadhara

Published On: June 26, 2009


Zemax Narcissus Analysis Macro

Summary:

This article will demonstrate how to analyse narcissus effect in infrared systems with cooled detectors. In summary:

  • Ghost files generated with Zemax ghost generator are loaded and for each file vignetting and transmission data are gathered
  • According to user input temperature data (housing, detector and ambiant) narcissus integral coefficient is calculated
  • Surface NITD contributions and total NITD results are displayed
  • All numeric NITD data are written into a text file

Authored By: Serhat Hasan, shaslan@aselsan.com.tr

Published On: July 13, 2013


How to work in global coordinates in a Sequential Optical System

When working with a Sequential optical system, it is usually most convenient to work in local coordinates. However, there are cases when working in global coordinates is easier: typically, when working with perturbation data produced by finite element analysis (FEA) in systems with complex 3-D tilts and decenters. This article describes how to switch between Sequential local and global data entry methods.

Authored By: Mark Nicholson

Published On: June 22, 2007


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


Programming Custom Light Sources and Uniform Deviates

This article explains how to program custom light sources and uniform deviates.

Authored By: Jeff Casey of Rockfield Research Inc.

Published On: September 24, 2013


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