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OpTaliX Feature Summary

Main Features LT Pro/Edu
Unconstrained 3-dimensional raytracing
Non-sequential raytracing
Arbitrary sequence of tilts and decenters
Global 3-dimensional referencing of surfaces
ZOOM and multiconfiguration Systems (unlimited number of positions, all lens parameter can be zoomed)
CAM calculation for zoomed systems
Integrated thin film multilayer analysis and optimization
Vector based polarization raytracing and analysis (with "real" coatings applied to surfaces)
Wavefront propagation analysis
Environmental analysis (temperature, pressure)
Tolerance analysis
Polarization analysis
Specification Data LT Pro/Edu
Number of fields 10 unlimited
Number of wavelengths 11 11
Number of zoom positions unlimited unlimited
Geometric Analysis LT Pro/Edu
Spot diagrams vs. fields and wavelengths, through focus, full field
Ray aberration fans (transverse, longitudinal, optical path difference)
Distortion (classical, f-q, full field grid)
Astigmatism vs. field and wavelengths
Longitudinal colour (secondary spectrum)
Transverse colour vs. field and wavelengths
Paraxial and third-order (Seidel) analysis
Footprint analysis
Geometric Modulation Transfer Function (MTF)
Geometric Point Spread Function (PSF)
Geometric Encircled Energy
Quadrant Detector Analysis
Vignetting analysis
Ghost analysis, does not require rebuilding the optical system.
Transmission analysis (including effects of coatings and bulk material absorption)
Polarization analysis
Illumination analysis
Surface ray intersection plots
Transverse or angular aberrations
Longitudinal aberrations
Diffraction Analysis LT Pro/Edu
Diffraction Point Spread Function (PSF) with many display options (perspective plot, gray-coded plot, false-colour plot, true-colour plot, contour plot, tangential/sagittal scan, full-field plot).
Encircled/ensquared energy
Diffraction MTF (vs. field, frequency, defocus, 2-dimensional MTF)
Strehl ratio (numerical, vs. wavelength, vs. field) including apodization
Wavefront aberration (vs. field, vs. wavelength, numerical RMS values)
Zernike analysis of wavefront
Interferogram analysis
Gaussian beam analysis
Coupling efficiency analysis (including predefined single-mode and multi-mode fibers)
Physical optics beam propagation (BETA)
Extended image analysis
Tools LT Pro/Edu
Autofocus for selectable fields, wavelengths and performance criteria
Scale and invert system or parts of it
Copy, move and insert surfaces, also from other designs.
Set magnification
Find nearest glass in catalogue given a fictitious (MIL) glass
Weight, volume and center of gravity
Automatic glass selection for apochromatic correction
Find optimal coating indices for gradient index lenses
Analytical setup of standard designs such as best-form lens, achromats, compound telescopes (Cassegrain, Ritchey-Chretien, Lurie-Houghton)
User defined graphics (plot any performance measure vs. any variable)
Optimization LT Pro/Edu
User defined error function
Optimization of thin films
Unlimited number of zoom and multiconfiguration positions
Two optimization algorithms: DLS with Lagrange multiplier and active set method, modified Levenberg-Marquardt DLS.
Exact constraints ( >, <, = ) handling
Autofocus for minimum spot size, wavefront or maximum MTF, coupling efficiency.
Dielectric Coatings LT Pro/Edu
Layer editor (spreadsheet)
Enter coating prescription as a formula (e.g. L(HL)^6 H0.5L)
Includes material dispersion and absorption
Plot reflection and transmission vs. wavelength, incidence angle or both
Plot phase change on reflection and transmission
Attach coatings directly to optical surfaces
Coating optimization (Refinement)
Import coating designs from "The Essential Macleod" and "TFCalc" thin film design packages.
Aperture Shapes LT Pro/Edu
Circular, rectangular, elliptical
Polygon apertures
Centered, decentered (off-axis)
Central obscuration (circular, rectangular)
Combination of arbitrary aperture shapes from basic aperture shapes (circle, rectangle, ellipse, polygon)
Number of apertures per surface 10 10
Check or uncheck aperture in ray trace
Tolerance Analysis LT Pro/Edu
Inverse Sensitivity
Statistical (Monte Carlo) analysis, in preparation
''Tolerance on anything''
Tolerance grades (ISO 10110 defaults, ''high'', ''medium'' tolerances)
Optical Materials LT Pro/Edu
Complete glass catalogues from SCHOTT, OHARA, CORNING, HOYA, HIKARI, SUMITA, LightPath, CARGILLE, Chinese glasses
Private glass catalogue
Most InfraRed materials available, exotic derivates included
Direct index specification
Model glasses
Nearest catalogue glass
Create melt glasses or new glasses
Transmission, temperature, physical, mechanical and chemical data
Integrated glass manager for modification of glass data
Glass maps (n-n diagram, partial dispersion, Buchdahl partials, gradient index profile, etc.)
Automatic selection of materials for achromatic and apochromatic correction
Surface Types LT Pro/Edu
Reflecting, refracting, TIR
     Even power polynomial up to 18th order
     Odd polynomial up to 9th order
     Forbes Qcon and Qbfs Aspheres
     Mixed power polynomial up to 30th order  
     XY polynomial up to 10th order  
     Conic sections (parabola, ellipse, hyperbola)
     Cylinder (any orientation)
     Aspheric toroidal (asphere Y only)
     Anamorphic aspheric surface (biconic, potato chip)
Decentered/tilted, full 3-dimensional definition without restriction on surface type. Does NOT require dummy surfaces.
Decenter/tilt of gradient coordinate system
Re-definition of optical axis (e.g. "bend", "decenter and return", axis follows surface normal)
Global surface references to any arbitrary preceding surface
Diffraction grating (arbitrary direction of grooves)
Holographic Optical Elements (HOE), diffractive (binary) elements
Gradient Index (SELFOCTM, ENDOGRINTM, GRADIUMTM, GRINTECHTM, linear axial gradient, University of Rochester gradient, Luneberg lens, Spherical gradient, Maxwells Fisheye)
Array surfaces/elements
Fresnel surface
Non-sequential surfaces
Light pipes (cylindrical, tapered, sheared)
Perfect lens
Zernike deformation surface
Spline deformation surface
User Defined Surfaces (user defines own subroutines written in FORTRAN or C/C++ and links it to the program via a DLL).  
User Defined Gradient (user defines own subroutines written in FORTRAN or C/C++ and links it to the program via a DLL).  
Coordinate transform surface (ignores raytrace). Used to define complex opto-mechanical relations
Solves (for ray incidence angle, ray height, aplanatic condition, edge thickness, etc.)
Pickups (positive or negative, with offsets, on curvatures, thicknesses, tilts/decenters and materials)
Illumination LT Pro/Edu
Number of simultaneous sources 200
Flat sources (circular, elliptical, rectangular up to 200
Real sources (defined by ray files) up to 200
Support of ray files (e.g. provided by Osram)
Support of bitmap images (BMP) for definition of sources
Individually specify position and orientation of sources in 3D space
Individually specify emission characteristics of flat sources
Use point sources (for imaging analyses) and extended illumination sources simultaneously
Report/Plot received power, intensity distribution at arbitrary target surface. More
Plot styles: gray-scale, false colour, pseudo-RGB colour, contour, all linear or logarithmic
Macro Programming LT Pro/Edu
Arithmetic expressions with +  -  *  /  **  ^  operators and nested brackets (  )
Intrinsic functions (sin, cos, tan, asin, acos, atan, sinh, cosh, tanh, sqrt, exp, log, log10, logn, besj0, besj1, besjn, abs, min, max, etc.)
Lens database items (data retrieved from the optical system)
Parameters passed to macros
Nesting of macro files
User defined functions
Loop constructs (DO-ENDDO, WHILE-ENDWHILE)
IF-THEN-ELSE constructs
Conditional processing
Concatenation of strings and variables
Output formatting using Fortran-style syntax
Logical line handling (span statements over several lines or have several statements in one single line)
Manufacturing Support LT Pro/Edu
Test-plate fitting (more than 30 test plate lists)
Aspheric deformation
Hologram phase
Tolerance Sensitivity Analysis
Inverse Sensitivity Analysis
Statistical (Monte-Carlo) Tolerance Analysis
ISO 10110 Element drawings
CAM calculations in zoom systems
Example Libraries LT Pro/Edu
Core examples grouped in 30 categories from Array to Zoom (150 designs).
Extended examples (80 designs).
Arthur Cox design library (299 designs)
All designs discussed in "Handbook of Optical Systems by H.Gross (Wiley-VCH)"
Catalogue lens database (15 vendors, more than 8000 lenses)
System Specification LT Pro/Edu
Define pupil by entrance beam radius, object numerical aperture, image numerical aperture, working F-number or stop surface diameter.
Specify field by angle, object height or image height independently in X- and Y-direction.
Astigmatic Objects, such as in laser diodes.
Wavelength specification by direct wavelength/weight pairs or by selecting spectral distributions. Table of common wavelengths.
Define conjugates by specification of object distance or magnification.
Focal or afocal mode.
Spectrometer mode
Telecentric ray aiming
Ray aiming to entrance pupil or stop surface.
User selectable ray grid size
Import, Export LT Pro/Edu
Export all graphics to Windows Clipboard, HPGL, DXF, EPS, WMF, CGM, BMP, PCX, PNG, SVG and POV-Ray
Export lens designs to Code V, ZEMAX, OSLO, ASAP, MODAS, ATMOS. See also the file conversion compatibilty matrix for details.
Import lens designs from Code V, ZEMAX, OSLO, MODAS, ATMOS, WinLens, Accos, Sigma-PC, Sigma2000. See also the file conversion compatibilty matrix for details.
Import coating designs from "The Essential Macleod" and "TFCalc" thin film design packages.

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