Optical and Photonic Solutions Blog

Top Ten CODE V Optical Design Tips, to Help You Build Better Designs, Faster!

CODE V celebrates its 46th anniversary this weekend on August 1, 2021. Here are our top ten tips in CODE V to help you design brilliant and better optical designs.

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Taking the Guesswork Out of Optical Properties Characterization: Accurate Scattering Measurements That Optical Engineers Need

Synopsys now offers solutions for measuring the light scattering properties of materials and surfaces. You can measure how light interacts with a given surface or how light behaves in the volume of a solid. You can then simulate the results in LightTools illumination design software.

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OSA Optical Design and Fabrication Congress

Highlighting an IODC presentation, “Aberration Analysis of Zoom Lens System with Freeform Surface Lenses Using XY Polynomial,” by Motoyuki Otake of Sony Group Corporation. Mr. Otake and his co-authors were able to demonstrate a very nice zoom freeform design and sensitivity analysis for an Alvarez-style system.

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Employee Profile: Meet Katherine Calabro, LightTools R&D Engineer – Thoughts on Pursuing Optics, Leadership Roles in the Industry, and Balancing Family Life

Meet Katherine Calabro, senior R&D engineer at Synopsys, who works with the LightTools team and specializes in scattering and receiver analysis features. Read about her journey in her optics career, her advice for those getting into the field, and what she does for fun.

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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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