Optimization, Part 1

Optimization, Part 1
Starting with the example of a simple singlet, this course explains how to perform an optimization in OpticStudio. It also describes how the Optimization Wizard can be used to define typical performance targets, how to constrain the optimization to physically meaningful results and how to create your own complex operand.
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About This Course

This course includes the following content:

  • Optimization of a simple singlet
  • Merit function and optimization operands
  • Local optimization
  • Optimization Wizard
  • Pupil integration
  • Boundary operands
  • Complex operands

Buying this course individually provides 5-day access to the online training platform. We recommend the Optimization Learning Plan.


  • 3.1 Introduction on Optimization
  • 3.2 Singlet Lens Example - Part 1 (System Setup)
  • 3.2.1 Singlet lens example – Part 1 (system setup)
  • 3.3 Singlet lens example – Part 2 (system optimization)
  • 3.3.1 Singlet lens example – Part 2 (system optimization)
Understanding the Merit Function
  • 3.4 Sampling and reference points
  • 3.5 Merit function, local optimization and operands
  • 3.6 Boundary Operands
  • 3.6.1 Boundary operands
  • 3.7 Practice time: complex operands
  • 3.8 Design rules for Merit functions
The Cooke triplet
  • 3.9 Practice time: Cooke triplet
Test your knowledge!
  • 3.10 Optimization, Part 1 - Test your knowledge