Ansys ZEMAX 101

Introduction to Optical System Design

Course Overview:

This introductory course covers the basics of optical system design in Ansys Zemax OpticStudio. Participants will learn the fundamentals of optical design, including identifying aberrations, different optimization techniques, image simulations, and tolerancing. Specific topics include: ray and wave aberrations, creating a merit function, global optimization, coordinate breaks, building a tolerance file, and desensitization.

Who should take this course:
  • Beginners interested in optical system design who need a comprehensive overview of Ansys Zemax OpticStudio.
  • Intermediate users who do not have a strong foundation and would like to thoroughly learn basic concepts or refine methods taught during the course.
With completion of this Ansys Zemax Training, you will:
  • Become proficient in:
    • Identifying ray and wave aberrations in an optical system
    • Creating a merit function for local or global optimization
    • Coordinate breaks and multiple configurations
    • Image simulation
    • Tolerancing

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Course Agenda | ZEMAX 101

Module 1: Introduction to Ansys Zemax OpticStudio
• Introduction to Ansys Zemax OpticStudio
• Glass Properties
• Workshop: Making a Lens

Module 2: Optics Review
• First Order Optics
• Ray Tracing, Wavefront and Ray Aberrations
• Third Order Optics and Higher Order Aberrations
• Workshop: Aberration Spotting

Module 3: Optimization Part 1
• Introduction to Optimization
• Merit Function and Reference Points
• Boundary Operands
• Complex Operands
• Workshop: Optimizing a Singlet

Module 4: Optimization Part 2
• Global Optimization
• Workshop: Optimizing a Doublet

Module 5: 3D Systems
• Coordinate Breaks
• Multiple Configurations
• Local and Global Coordinates
• Workshops: Off Axis Parabola, Dispersive Prism

Module 6: Diffraction, MTF, and Image Simulation
• Diffraction, MTF, Image Quality
• Image Simulation
• Workshop: Image Simulation

Module 7: Tolerancing Part 1
• Introduction to Tolerancing
• Tolerancing Analyses
• Tolerance Operands
• Workshop: Building a Tolerance File

Module 8: Tolerancing Part 2
• Compensators
• High Precision Grade Tolerances
• Workshop: Tolerancing a Singlet

Module 9: Tolerancing Part 3
• Tolerancing Irregularity
• User-Defined Tolerances
• Workshop: Tolerancing in Double Pass

Module 10: Tolerancing Part 4
• Scripted Tolerancing
• Desensitization
• Tolerancing Fiber Coupler
• Workshop: Tolerancing a Cooke Triplet