Interfacing to OpticStudio from Mathematica

This article provides an example of the standalone method, in which the external application is Mathematica. A Mathematica notebook is used as a user interface and scripting language. It will start an OpticStudio session, load an existing lens file, manipulate that lens file to alter the lens design, perform an analyses, and obtain and process the results to provide information not directly available through OpticStudio.

Freeform Optics in OpticStudio

OpticStudio provides a number of tools for the design of Freeform Optics in both sequential and non-sequential modes. In this article, we’ll provide an example of an off-axis parabola using the Chebyshev Polynomial surface in sequential mode. We’ll also describe filtering tools available in the Lens Data Editor that quickly allow you to find the freeform surface of choice for any desired application from the more than 20 such surfaces that are currently supported in sequential mode.

ZOS-API.NET: An Overview

An application programming interface (API) for OpticStudio enables connections to, and customization of, the application using the latest software technology.

How to Get Real-Time Lens Prototype Costs in OpticStudio

Design for manufacture is a phrase commonly used to describe how manufacturing considerations are incorporated into the optical design process. OpticStudio offers several capabilities that support design for manufacture, and the Cost Estimator allows users to send lens data to manufacturers and get real-time cost estimates.

Overview of Photoluminescence Simulation in OpticStudio

Photoluminescence is the phenomenon where photons are absorbed in a medium and part of the absorbed energy is reemitted as photons. Broadly speaking, there are two categories of photoluminescent emission, fluorescence and phosphorescence. Each of these can be modeled in OpticStudio using the photoluminescence bulk scattering model available in non-sequential mode.

Ophthalmic Lens Design

This article describes the principles of ophthalmic lens design, and discusses the parameters of the lens, the eye and the visual environment that are critical to the lens design. A glass catalog for common ophthalmic lens materials (both glasses and polymers) is included.
The article does not include progressive lens design, although progressive lenses tend to follow the general base curve principles of other ophthalmic lenses, nor does it consider specific purpose lenses such as those intended to reduce the progression of myopia.

How to Get Real-Time Lens Prototype Costs in OpticStudio

How to Get Real-Time Lens Prototype Costs in OpticStudio

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 Calculate the Sag Profile of a Binary2 Surface Using MATLAB

This article describes how to use the Zemax DDE Toolbox with MATLAB to calculate the sag profile for Binary2 surface. The two MATLAB files BinarySag.m (actual code) and BinarySag.fig (GUI) can be downloaded at the end of the article. More information on diffractive surfaces can be found in the article How to Design Diffractive Optics Using the Binary 2 Surface and How Diffractive Surfaces are Modeled in Zemax.

Thanks to Mike Sluch of West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation for developing and sharing this work.

Authored By: Mike Sluch

Published On: September 5, 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


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