What's New!

 

New tools tackle stray light and simulate more photoluminescent materials, plus mobility and usability improvements increase ease of use 

New stray light analysis tools help identify and block unwanted rays in optical systems and streamline stray light analysis to deliver accurate, consistent results faster. Optical engineers working on biomedical, automotive lighting, and other applications that use phosphors and fluorescent materials can now model a wider range of these materials. Usability improvements include faster rendering of analysis windows, and faster results in Layout plots and Shaded Model plots when modifying designs. Plus, you can now transfer your soft key license from one computer to another in two easy steps. This release includes the new Bernhard Halle Lens Catalog, new Nikon Material Catalog, and updated catalogs from NHG, Ohara, Zeon, and Hoya.

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Ray tracing

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Available in Professional and Premium editions
OpticStudio 16.5's new stray light analysis tools help identify and block unwanted rays in optical systems and streamline non-sequential stray light analysis to deliver accurate, consistent results faster. New capabilities include:
 
  • Measure the impact of mechanical mounts or the effects of stray light with the new   Non-sequential geometric MTF calculation
  • Isolate critical data quickly and specify the quantity of rays to investigate in Ray Database filesby by using new ZRD Filter strings
  • Quickly display stray light paths in the Layout and Shaded Model system viewers by using new Filter strings to limit the number of rays 
 

Photoluminescence

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Available in Premium Edition                                                                                                                                             

OpticStudio 15 introduced modeling for phosphors and fluorescent materials. Based on user feedback, we expanded this capability in OpticStudio 16.5 so you can model a wider range of phosphors and fluorescent materials. New capabilities include:

  • Simulate photoluminescence in non-scattering materials more accurately with the newly decoupled Mie scattering and wavelength shifting 
  • Modify the color temperature of phosphors and fluorescent materials with the new Photoluminescence Mean Free Path setting
  • Use the new Photoluminescence Mie Particle Density setting to increase angular uniformity and reduce color-over angle effects
 

Usability

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Available in Standard, Professional, and Premium editions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

OpticStudio 16.5 includes several usability improvements, so you can:

  • Improve data visualization through faster rendering of analysis windows
  • Get faster results in Layout plots and Shaded Model plots when modifying designs
  • Easily analyze complex diffraction-limited systems accurately with a new manual control of the phase reference for all Huygens calculations
  • Transfer your soft key license from one computer to another in two easy steps
  • Use the new Bernhard Halle Lens Catalog, new Nikon Material Catalog, and updated catalogs from NHG, Ohara, Zeon, and Hoya 
 

Programming

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Available in Professional and Premium editions

In OpticStudio 15, we introduced a new API (Application Programming Interface) that uses COM/.NET functionality. In OpticStudio 16.5, we added flexibility and speed to the API:

  • Connect an active OpticStudio instance to third-party applications using the new   ZOS-API Interactive Extension 
  • Save time analyzing ray database files through the API, with file reading speed up to 360x faster