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Optics, Materials & Coatings: Design Software

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Fast personal computers will use 21st century software to solve many optical design problems at once.

Mark Nicholson, Optima Research Ltd.

Any designer knows that real lenses aren't just surfaces; they're whole objects with edges, bevels, scratches, bubbles and so on. In real optical systems, some light always reflects when it should refract, and that light has the annoying habit of getting where it shouldn't. Twenty-first century optical design software can model a system as a group of optical objects, not just surfaces. These objects can have a complex set of properties, including scattering, that change just where the light hits. You can design these objects, like lenses, mirrors and diffraction gratings, within the...Read full article

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