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

Understanding the Geometry in Zemax Curvature Cross-Section Analysis

This article explains the geometry behind the Zemax curvature cross-section analysis. Two important aspects to understand are

  • the conventions used for the tangential and sagittal curvature directions, and
  • the placement of the cross-section in situations where the aperture is decentered.
A point of possible confusion is clarified for situations when the surface is not rotationally symmetric and the tangential and sagittal curvature becomes multi-valued at the surface vertex due to the arbitrary choice of the tangential direction at that point.

Authored By: Shawn Gay

Published On: July 29, 2014


How to Define Beams of a Given M-squared

This article explains when M2 can be used as a scaling parameter in Zemax OpticStudio, and how to define a beam in Physical Optics with a given M2 value. For more on Physical Optics Propagation, please see this Knowledge Base article. 

Authored By: Neil Barrett

Published On: July 25, 2014

How to Install the Network License Version of OpticStudio

This article explains how to configure a keyserver and client machine for use with the network version of OpticStudio.  Please note that this article refers to the Network License key. For instructions on how to install the single-user license version of OpticStudio, please see this article.  


Authored By: Alison Yates

Published On: July 8, 2014

How To Compile An Extension Using Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012

This article describes how to compile an Extension using the Microsoft Visual Studio C++ compiler.

This article is also available in Japanese.

Authored By: Alison Yates      

Published On: February 18, 2014 

How to Report a Problem or Possible Bug to Zemax Support

This article describes how to report problems or bugs and generate the files the Zemax support team will need to quickly resolve your requests.

Authored By: Alison Yates

Published On: March 20, 2014

How to Use the Help System with OpticStudio 14

OpticStudio 14 contains updated reference material in an easily-navigable in-line help system that replaces the 1000-page manual of previous releases of Zemax. This article explains how the organization and structure of the new Help System in OpticStudio.

Authored By: Alison Yates

Published On: March 19, 2014


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 installing OpticStudio 14.2 and later. The most common problem occurs when the Prerequisite package is not properly installed. 

This article will walk you through the following troubleshooting steps:
  • Checking for updates
  • Reinstalling the prerequisite package
  • Verifying your prerequisite installation
  • Checking for 3rd party programs that cause conflicts
  • Checking your key driver installation
  • Gathering more information using the Sentinel Advanced Medic
  • Getting help from Zemax Support

Authored By: Alison Yates

Updated On: March 18, 2015

Updating to OpticStudio from Previous Releases of Zemax

This article explains what you need to do to run OpticStudio if you're a current user of Zemax. With the release of OpticStudio comes a new Prerequisite package. This Prerequisite package supersedes any earlier prerequisites package and is back-compatible with older releases of Zemax. It is assumed that you already have a functioning installation, and that your standalone Sentinel Key or Network Key is already functioning correctly. To update to Zemax OpticStudio (ZOS), you will need to download and install:
  • Prerequisite package
  • Zemax OpticStudio

We always keep the latest versions of each component posted on our website and suggest installing directly from here

Authored By: Alison Yates

Published On: March 17, 2014

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