OPTICAL DESIGN SOFTWARE
May 2006Wolfram Research Inc.Request Info
Wolfram Research Inc. has released LensLab and Rayica 2, third-party add-on optical design software for Mathematica, which is used in the design and analysis of 3-D optical systems. Rayica offers fine granularity and better control for modeling optical instruments such as aspherical lenses, fibers, resonant cavities and custom surfaces. It features more than 6800 predefined commercial optical parts, including lenses, mirrors, prisms and light sources, and allows users to define new elements with their own symbolic equations. LensLab is an entry-level ray-tracing package that enables the evaluation and optimization of alternative system designs. Key features of both programs include sequential and nonsequential ray tracing in 3-D space, user-defined optical surface profiles of any shape, energy calculations and symbolic parameterization of system characteristics.