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Interactive software for optomechanical modeling
Author(s): Edward R. Freniere; G. Groot Gregory; Richard C. Chase
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Paper Abstract

A computer program, TracePro™, has been written to simulate the propagation of optical flux through optomechanical systems. The program is based on an industry-standard solid modeling kernel, ACIS®, thereby obtaining consistency and reliability in modeling three-dimensional geometiy, as well as the capability to share data with other ACIS-based applications. The program uses the Monte Carlo ray-trace method including variance reduction techniques to simulate optical effects. Ray splitting is used to simulate partial reflection and scattering, and importance sampling is used to enhance sampling for difficult radiometric analyses such as stray light analysis. A graphical user interface makes the software accessible to engineers who are not optical specialists, while a macro language provides access to more complicated operations. Extra software modules convert lens design data from commercial lens design programs into solid models.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 September 1997
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3130, Lens Design, Illumination, and Optomechanical Modeling, (25 September 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.284054
Show Author Affiliations
Edward R. Freniere, Lambda Research Corp. (United States)
G. Groot Gregory, Lambda Research Corp. (United States)
Richard C. Chase, Lambda Research Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3130:
Lens Design, Illumination, and Optomechanical Modeling
R. Barry Johnson; Robert E. Fischer; R. Barry Johnson; Richard C. Juergens; Richard C. Juergens; Paul R. Yoder Jr.; Warren J. Smith; Paul R. Yoder Jr., Editor(s)

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