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.

CONTENTS:

 

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


Getting Started with Python

This article will walk through the basics of getting Python setup on your system in order to run ZOS-API.  There are 2 required downloads (Python and pywin32) along with a few recommended downloads (an IDE and Python modules).   Except for the 2 required downloads, all other recommendations are based on a Zemax Engineer's personal preference and do not reflect an official endorsement as to the quality of these products or any competitors.

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Authored By: Michael Humphreys

Published On: November 14, 2016


Display Pupils on a Layout Plot

You can easily show the Entrance and Exit Pupils in both the LDE and Layout Plots by using dummy surfaces and pickups to show the location of the pupils without affecting the other surfaces in your sequential system.  This article walks through how to use ZPL Macro and Chief Ray Height thickness solves in the Lens Data Editor (LDE) as well as hiding dummy surfaces in a layout plot.

Authored By: Michael Humphreys

Published On: November 13, 2016


Directory Page for Network Licenses

This page is a directory for all network licensing, installation, and troubleshooting articles.

Authored By: Alissa Wilczynski

Published On: October 19, 2016


Update Green and Red USB Licenses on a Machine Without Internet Access

This article is intended to help owners of red or green USB dongles update their license when it is attached to a machine without internet access.

Authored By: Tess Jacobs

Published On: October 19, 2016


How to Protect and Prevent Loss of your Softkey License

This article outlines the best practices for working with a softkey license.  We will cover the ways to backup your license and prevent loss of the softkey license.

Authored By: Don Dickinson

Published On: October 7, 2016


Installing OpticStudio with a Black USB Single-User Hardkey

This article is intended to help people with black USB single-user licenses install OpticStudio.  Note that this article does not cover network installations, which are discussed in this separate article.

Authored By: Alissa Wilczynski

Published On: September 27, 2016


Installing OpticStudio with a Black USB Network Hardkey

This article is intended to help people with black USB network licenses install OpticStudio.  Note that this article does not cover single-user installations, which are discussed in this separate article.
 

CONTENTS:
Introduction
On the Keyserver Installing OpticStudio on the Client Machine
  • Installing the OpticStudio Application
  • Configuring OpticStudio to find the key server

Troubleshooting

  • You get prompted to enter a license code
  • OpticStudio "Cannot Find Zemax Key" Error
  • Cannot reach the Sentinel Keys License Monitor page on the client
  • Cannot reach the Sentinel Keys License Monitor page on the keyserver
  • Sentinel Keys License Monitor "Keys Information" page is blank or there is an error.

Summary & Checklist

Authored By: Alissa Wilczynski

Published On: September 26, 2016


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