How to Design A Catadioptric, Omnidirectional Sensor

This article walks through a deomsrative design of an omnidiriectional, catadioptric sensor in OpticStudio. Throughout the article, tips and tricks are presented to designers looking to model their own omnidirectional system.

Authored By: James E. Hernandez

Published On: August 19, 2016


Using Physical Optics Propagation (POP), Part 3: Inspecting the beam phases

This article is Part 3 of a series that works through an example system to show the correct way to use Physical Optics Propagation (POP).  In part 1, we discussed the example system and looked at the beam file viewer.  In part 2, we looked at the beam intensities and problems that can arise with the intensities.  In part 3, we’ll look at the beam phases and problems that can arise in the phase profiles of the beam.

Authored By: Erin Elliott

Published On: September 14, 2016


Using Physical Optics Propagation (POP), Part 2: Inspecting the beam intensities

This article explores problems that can appear in the beam intensity profiles when using Physical Optics Propagation (POP) in OpticStudio.  The beams can be undersampled and/or can lack an adequate guard band around the beam. We demonstrate several fixes for these problems.

Authored By: Erin Elliott

Published On: September 14, 2016


Using Physical Optics Propagation (POP), Part 1: Inspecting the beams

This article introduces the Physical Optics Propagation (POP) tool in OpticStudio, which propagates electric fields in free space.  It introduces the Beam File Viewer, which is used to inspect the phase and intensity of the beam at every surface.

Authored By: Erin Elliott

Published On: September 14, 2016


How to Model an Optical Coherence Tomography System

This article demonstrates a design for an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) system and explores how OpticStudio analyses can be used to model coherence. Sample files are included which show the completed system and expected ray trace results.

CONTENTS:

Authored By: Kelly Farner

Published On: July 29, 2016


ZOS-API using MATLAB

This article is intended to provide sample code for performing specific actions using the ZOS-API through MATLAB.  For similar examples in Python, please click here.  For more general information about the ZOS-API, please instead visit the resources listed below.

CONTENTS:

  1. Sequential Single Ray Trace
  2. Create NSC and Insert Object
  3. Change Parameter in Sequential
  4. Create Solve in Sequential
  5. Insert Operand (Index To 10 Decimal Points)
  6. Run an NSC Ray Trace with Filter String
  7. Read Data from a ZRD File
  8. Sequential Batch Raytrace

Authored By: Michael Humphreys

Published On: September 20, 2016


ZOS-API using Python

This article is intended to outline differences between using Python and other ZOSAPI languages and review how Python (2.x) handles enumerated variables.  Working sample code snippets are provided.  
For MATLAB examples, please click here.  For more general information about the ZOS-API, please instead visit the resources listed below.

CONTENTS:

Authored By: Michael Humphreys

Published On: June 28, 2016


Modeling Optics with Realistic Edge Apertures

OpticStudio 16 offers a comprehensive way to model realistic lens apertures with opto-mechanical semi-diameters. Three separate apertures (semi-diameter, chip zone, and mechanical semi-diameter) offer the ability to define a lens component the same way it is made.

Authored By: Thomas Aumeyr

Published On: April 15, 2016


How to Install a Single User Softkey

This article explains how to activate a new Single User Softkey on your machine. 

Please note that this article refers to the Single User (standalone) softkey. For instructions on how to install a multi-user Network Softkey see section “Installing the Network Softkey” of article http://zemax.com/os/resources/learn/knowledgebase/how-to-install-the-network-license-version-of-opti#softkey
 

Authored By: Alessandra Croce

Published On: October 6, 2016


Automate Client Computer Configuration for Softkey and Red USB key Network Installations

This article describes how a network administrator can automatically set a group of client computers to reference the correct keyserver IP address.

This article is an off-shoot of the article describing the network installation process, and this article applies to softkey-type network licenses and Red USB network licenses only. If your network server uses a Black USB key, refer to this article to configure a file on client machines

Authored By: Alissa Wilczynski

Published On: April 8, 2016


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