May 10, 2018

Contrast Optimization wins Silver Laser Focus World Innovators Award

Contrast Optimization wins Silver Laser Focus World Innovators Award

As announced by Laser Focus World today, we’re thrilled to accept the Silver award in the Laser Focus World 2018 Innovators Awards Program for the Contrast Optimization tool featured in OpticStudio. Judged by a panel of senior expert professionals, the Silver award recognizes “a very good innovation that resulted in not just incremental improvement, but in marked improvement over previous methods employed, approaches taken, or products/systems used.”

“This prestigious program allows Laser Focus World to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products and services in the photonics and optoelectronics industry,” said Alan Bergstein, publisher of Laser Focus World. “Our 2018 Honorees are an outstanding example of companies who are making an impact.”

About Contrast Optimization

Most imaging systems, including digital cameras and microscopes, include Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) specifications. Until recently, optimization of the MTF performance was widely known as a time-consuming and difficult process. Contrast Optimization, a capability in OpticStudio 17 and later, drastically improves the speed of MTF optimization, and in addition, results in better design candidates.

Contrast Optimization speeds up MTF optimization by a factor of 10 or more. It targets the best MTF response up to a specific spatial frequency, but doesn’t require the slow autocorrelation calculation that was previously used. The new contrast calculation is based on a simple calculation of the wavefront difference between two rays in the exit pupil of an optical system. The rays are separated by a distance determined by the specified spatial frequency, and minimizing the wavefront difference between these pairs of rays maximizes the MTF at that spatial frequency. Get a deep-dive on Contrast Optimization.

About the awards

The Laser Focus World Innovation Awards celebrates the most innovative applications of photonics, optoelectronics, and precision optics products and systems. Awards are presented to organizations that demonstrate excellence in the use of a product, system, or application.

The Innovators Awards are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation

  • Value to the user

  • Sustainability

  • Meeting a defined need

  • Collaboration

  • Impact

The 2018 Laser Focus World Innovators Awards Honorees are featured in the May Issue of Laser Focus World magazine as well as on

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