Optical and Photonic Solutions Blog

Join Our Experts at the International Optical Design Conference (IODC)

Join us at the International Optical Design Conference (IODC), beginning June 27. Our staff is presenting several talks during this conference, covering freeform optics, illumination design, and the Mastcam-Z camera on the Mars Rover. Also, visit us at our virtual booth or contact us before for a meeting. Looking forward to the convergence of like-minded folks online!

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Q&A with Jannick Rolland, Distinguished Optics Professor and Industry Innovator

We recently had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Jannick Rolland, Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering at The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, the Director of the NSF I/UCRC Center for Freeform Optics (CeFO), and the Director of the R.E. Hopkins Center for Optical Engineering. She is a recipient of the OSA Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize and David Richardson Medal. She is also a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the EU Academy of Sciences (EUAS).

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An Inside Look at NASA’s Surveyor, SOFIA, Cassini, and WISE Projects

Our engineering services team has contributed to many NASA projects, including the Mastcam-Z zoom camera on the latest Mars rover. Find out what other space projects our engineering team has been involved with.

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The Pitfalls of Choosing Electrical Circuit Languages to Model Photonics in PICs

When modeling photonics in electro-optical systems, what previously worked for simple transceiver photonic ICs (PICs) is not necessarily going to work for the next generation of high-density AI and photonic computing chips. Here’s a look at why electrical circuit languages are not robust enough for electro-optics codesign, and why designers are upgrading to unified electronic-photonic design platforms that allow more natural, domain-specific characterization of electronics and photonics.

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What Wikipedia Doesn’t Tell You About NASA’s Great Observatories and CODE V

Learn how our optical design software and engineering services have contributed to the NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and the Great Observatories.

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Tips for Entering the IODC Lens Design or Illumination Design Competitions

The submissions for the lens design or illumination design competitions for this year’s International Optical Design Conference (IODC) are due in less than a month. Here are some tips from a previous winner.

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You Could Win a Cash Award by Entering Your Paper in the Synopsys Student Optical Design Competition – Entering is Easy!

Students, enter the Robert S. Hilbert Student Design Competition by submitting your class paper by June 15. Here are some hints to consider when entering.

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Employee Spotlight: Meet Dr. Eric Schiesser, Optical Software Developer

Meet one of our new employees, Dr. Eric Schiesser, Optical Software Developer, who recently joined the Synopsys Optical Solutions Group.  He’s a recent graduate from the University of Rochester, with his thesis research in Freeform Telescope Design.  Prior to his Ph.D. in Optics, Eric also obtained his B.S in Physics and Optical Engineering from University of Rochester with highest honors (magna cum laude) in May 2012.

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Announcing New Release of LucidShape for Automotive Lighting Design

We are pleased to announce version 2020.12 of Synopsys’ LucidShape automotive lighting design software. In response to a growing demand for reliable surface quality and medium information, this release of LucidShape includes the SmartStart Material Library Module. The module provides ready-to-use optical properties as well as updates and extensions to material and medium definitions. LucidShape v2020.12 also includes enhancements to freeform lens design, human eye vision analysis, and headlight analysis based on Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) guidelines.

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The Top 5 Tools for Designing Freeform Surfaces in CODE V

If you are designing freeform optics, check out the top five tools that will support your design optimization and analysis in CODE V.

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