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Designing an Optical System? The Synopsys SmartStart Library Can Help

Are you designing an optical system with more than just a source and detector? If you answered yes, then chances are you could use the data in the Synopsys SmartStart Library.

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Posted in Automotive, Featured, LightTools, LucidShape, Product features

 

Latest Synopsys LightTools SOLIDWORKS Link Module Adds Even More Flexibility

The SOLIDWORKS Link Module available in the latest version of LightTools provides enhanced capabilities that speed up the design process. To facilitate a quicker path to optical simulations and grant design teams the ability to set more optical characteristics in the SOLIDWORKS environment, this version features optical property identifiers, ray data source linking, and SOLIDWORKS configuration selection.

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Posted in Featured, LightTools, Product features, Releases

 

Measuring Retroreflection on Any Material with the Mini-Diff V2

Due to various industry standards, such as those for highway safety or automotive LiDAR applications, it can be important for designers to evaluate the retroreflectivity of materials in their optical systems by including light measurements of these materials in design simulations.

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Posted in LiDAR, LightTools, Optical Scattering Measurements, Uncategorized

 

How to Reduce Stray Light in Your Optical Design Project with Scattering Measurements

As technology evolves, optics also evolve to meet the demanding needs of product development. Optical design simulations must be as accurate as possible, which in turn requires accurate characterization of materials such as plastics, diffusers, displays, and other surfaces used in optical systems. One of the most important tasks for an optical design team is to understand and reduce the impact of stray light on design performance. What is an effective way to do this? This is where light scattering measurements can be very effective.

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Posted in LightTools, Optical Scattering Measurements

 

LightTools Features Drive Efficient Illumination Optics Design

LightTools celebrates its 27th anniversary on January 26, 2022. Since its initial launch, we have continually enhanced its capabilities, providing features and workflows that help designers bring illumination optics to market faster and more efficiently. In this blog article, we’ll highlight a few recent LightTools enhancements that meet the evolving requirements of illumination system design.

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Posted in LightTools, Product features

 

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

 

How Light Scattering Measurements Can Improve Your Optical Product Development

Explore these four examples of how light scattering measurements can improve your optical product design.

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Posted in LightTools, Optical Scattering Measurements

 

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

 

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