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Active glass maps for an optical design program
Author(s): Rainer G. Schuhmann; Geoff Adams
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Paper Abstract

The shortcomings of the standard glass 'maps’ that currently appear in optical design programs are discussed. There is a clear benefit in having a glass map that is interactive, i.e. allows the user to change system glasses directly from the map. This has been implemented in the WinLens software, and the work is reviewed in this paper. Most aspects of this 'active’ map can be customized to suit the requirements for any given lens design task. Standard maps, such as n-v-diagrams, may be generated, but for non-standard wavebands. Unusual variable combinations, such as internal transmission versus dispersion, may also be displayed. Finally, glasses in these plots may be color coded to display one or more extra optical, chemical, mechanical or thermal properties. These simple new tools can reveal significant correlations between properties and allow the designer to effectively consider a wider range of properties in his glass selection.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 February 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5249, Optical Design and Engineering, (18 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.517142
Show Author Affiliations
Rainer G. Schuhmann, LINOS Photonics GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
Geoff Adams, The Optical Software Co. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5249:
Optical Design and Engineering
Laurent Mazuray; Philip J. Rogers; Rolf Wartmann, Editor(s)

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