## 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

## 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

## How to Use the Jones Matrix Surface

The Jones matrix surface is a simple way to define polarizing components. This article provides some examples of its use.

Authored By: Mark Nicholson

Published On: August 1, 2007

## How to Design Birefringent Polarizers

• What birefringence is
• How Zemax models birefringence
• How to model a two-crystal birefringent polarizer
• How to compute the extinction ratio of the polarizer for a general ray

The article is accompanied by a ZIP archive containing the samples used and a macro. This can be downloaded from the final page of the article.

Authored By: Mark Nicholson

Published On: June 24, 2005

## Modeling Frustrated Total Internal Reflection in Non-Sequential Mode

This article describes how to model evanescent field effects like frustrated total internal reflection in Zemax. This is useful in applications like fingerprint scanners.

Authored By: Mike Tocci

## How to Add Coating and Scattering Functions to Non-Sequential Objects

Non-sequential objects are 3D volumes. Thin-film coatings, and scattering functions, are surface properties of these 3D volumes. This article explains:
• The concept of the "face number" of an object
• How thin-film coatings and scattering functions are applied to the various faces of an object
• Special issues involved in applying these properties to CAD objects

Authored By: Mark Nicholson

Published On: April 3, 2006

## How to Model a Partially Reflective and Partially Scattering Surface

This article describes how to model a partially reflective surface which diffusely scatters a fraction of incident energy into a specific distribution.

Authored By: Dan Hill

Published On: May 15, 2017

## How to Model a Dichroic Beam Splitter

• How dichroic beam splitters can be modeled in non-sequential mode
• How to use the flexible table coating format which is useful when the coating prescription data is not available

Authored By: Andrew Locke

Published On: September 12, 2006

## What is a Ray?

• What a ray is
• Rays and wavefronts
• Coordinates, cosines, and propagation
• Refraction, reflection, and diffraction
• Amplitude. phase and optical path

Authored By: Ken Moore

Published On: December 2, 2015

## Understanding Paraxial Ray-Tracing

• What paraxial rays are
• What parabasal rays are
• Differences between them that can cause confusion

The article is accompanied by a ZIP archive containing the samples used and a macro. This can be downloaded from the final page of the article.

Authored By: Mark Nicholson

Published On: July 21, 2005

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