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Synopsys Expands LucidDrive Features for Pixel Light Headlamp Simulations

The Synopsys LucidDrive tool – part of the LucidShape product family — allows engineers to test automotive headlight models prior to manufacturing with virtual night-driving simulations. The latest LucidDrive release, version 2021.12, offers enhanced features to dynamically validate and refine pixel light headlamp models.

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Posted in Automotive, LucidShape, Product features, Releases

 

Using LightTools for the 2021 International Optical Design Conference Illumination Design Problem

How can you split someone up and put them back together? This was the illumination design problem posed at the 2021 International Optical Design Conference (IODC), hosted by the Optical Society of America, now Optica. A member of our Optical Solutions team, Dr. Jake Jacobsen, used LightTools illumination design software to solve the 2021 illumination problem. Read how he produced the winning solution.

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Posted in Design Competition, LightTools, Trade shows and conferences

 

Employee Profile: Meet Alexander Lin – Ambitiously Pursuing Optics and Programming Software for a Greater Goal

Meet Dr. Alexander Lin, who joined the LightTools Software Development team as an Illumination Software Developer in March 2020. He studied optics at UCLA and the University of Arizona, is involved in software development at Synopsys Optical Solutions Group. He also offers advice for those following a similar path in the optics industry.

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Posted in Employee highlight

 

Expert Tips for (Mobile Camera) Compact Asphere Design

To step up your aspheric lens designs and work more efficiently, try these CODE V design and analysis tips.

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Posted in CODE V, Engineering Services

 

How to Measure and Evaluate Light Scattering in Displays

Synopsys offers multiple solutions for measuring the light scattering properties of displays. Read this article on how you can measure the bidirectional scattering distribution function (BSDF) scattering of a display. With this data, it is easier and faster to evaluate light scattering of electronic displays and determine their performance.

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Posted in LightTools, Optical Scattering Measurements

 

How Horticultural Crops Benefit from Diffuse Light and the Mini-Diff V2 Instrument

Do you have a diffused glass and coating on your horticultural lighting application? Synopsys provides an easy solution to measure glass and coating performance and optical properties.

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Posted in LightTools, Optical Scattering Measurements

 

Synopsys Announces 2021 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition Results

We are pleased to announce the winners of Synopsys’ 2021 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition. Our annual competition celebrates exceptional optical design research projects by college students in North America who use Synopsys’ optical software solutions. Meet our 10 winners!

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Posted in Design Competition

 

An Insider View on Designing the Mastcam-Z Camera for the Mars Rover Perseverance

Dr. Blake Crowther, principal engineer for imaging optics in the Synopsys Optical Solutions Group, shares his insights about the objectives, challenges, and most satisfying aspects of designing the zoom camera aboard the Mars rover Perseverance.

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Posted in CODE V, Engineering Services

 

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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Posted in LightTools, Optical Scattering Measurements

 

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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Posted in Employee highlight