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The OpticsAcademy is a collection of self-guided courses that establish the foundation for innovative optical design.

For the most comprehensive understanding of optical design, we recommend signing up for the Optical System Design learning plan. We also offer shorter learning plans and individual courses for spot learning.

 


 

 


 

Optical System Design                   **Recommended**
Optical System Design **Recommended**
The Optical System Design course series provides all necessary knowledge to get you up and running with OpticStudio sequential mode. You will learn how to model, analyse, optimize and tolerance various optical systems, while getting used with the different tools and features included in OpticStudio
$2,400
12 Courses
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Tolerancing Learning Plan
Tolerancing Learning Plan
Subset of the Optical System Design created specifically for a deep dive into Zemax OpticStudio tolerancing capabilities.
$1,200
6 Courses
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Optimization Learning Plan
Optimization Learning Plan
This is a subset of the Optical System Design learning plan created specifically for a deep dive into optimization. Starting with the example of a simple singlet, this Learning Plan explains how to perform an optimization in OpticStudio. Assumes a background in optics and in the use of OpticStudio.
$600
4 Courses
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1. Introduction to Zemax OpticStudio
1. Introduction to Zemax OpticStudio
This introductory course helps users understand OpticStudio user interface, provides an overview of optical design theory, and explains glass properties and how the Material Catalog works.
$300
1/2 day
2. Optics Review
2. Optics Review
This course reviews first and third order optics, while showing several useful OpticStudio analyses that can be used to assess the aberrations of the optical system.
$300
1/2 day
Optical System Design with Zemax OpticStudio
Optical System Design with Zemax OpticStudio
Earn your OpticStudio Certificate and share with your peers!
$300
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3. Optimization, Part I
3. Optimization, Part I
Starting with the example of a simple singlet, this course explains how to perform an optimization in OpticStudio. It also describes how the Optimization Wizard can be used to define typical performance targets, how to constrain the optimization to physically meaningful results and how to create your own complex operand.
$300
1/2 day
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4. Optimization, Part II
4. Optimization, Part II
This course discusses the global algorithms available in OpticStudio. It then covers in details the design of a doublet lens: starting from a cemented doublet, the course explores how the system performance can be improved by aspherizing a surface, changing to an air-spaced design or optimizing the element’s materials.
$300
1/2 day
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9. Tolerancing III
9. Tolerancing III
This course describes how to tolerance for irregularity in OpticStudio. It then shows how to model a double pass system, and what are the necessary steps to ensure tolerancing of such type of systems is correctly performed.
$300
1/2 day
8. Tolerancing II
8. Tolerancing II
This course discusses the use of compensators in a tolerance analysis, and explains in more details the sensitivity, inverse sensitivity and Monte Carlo algorithms. The course also includes an example of how to tolerance a singlet lens, and discusses in details the outcome of the Analysis of tolerances.
$300
1/2 day
7. Tolerancing I
7. Tolerancing I
This course offers a first introduction on tolerancing in OpticStudio. After a theory overview, it describes the purpose of the different tolerancing algorithms available. By using a single Monte Carlo file, it describes the different tolerancing operands and their effect on the overall system performance.
$300
1/2 day
6. Diffraction, MTF, and Image Simulation
6. Diffraction, MTF, and Image Simulation
This course offers a review of diffraction theory and the different domains of validity of OpticStudio analyses. It also includes an example of how to design a Double Gauss for specific MTF targets, and how to use Image Simulation to visualize pictures as imaged through the modelled system.
$300
1/2 day
5. 3D Systems
5. 3D Systems
This course gives a comprehensive overview on how to model 3D systems in OpticStudio. It covers how to handle coordinate changes, how to model mirrors, how to set up multiple configurations for systems with moving parts and how to design off-axis systems such as core-drilled sections of a parent parabola.
$300
1/2 day
10. Tolerancing IV
10. Tolerancing IV
This course shows how to simulate complex alignment procedures via the use of Tolerancing Scripts. It also explains how to customize the performance criterion used for the tolerancing analysis, how to evaluate the benefit of compensators and what to do if the design is too sensitive to tolerancing perturbations.
$300
1/2 day
Getting started
Getting started
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$300
Tolerancing with Zemax OpticStudio
Tolerancing with Zemax OpticStudio
Earn your OpticStudio Certificate and share with your peers! Completion of all tolerancing courses is required to register for this course.
$300
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Optimization with Zemax OpticStudio
Optimization with Zemax OpticStudio
Earn your OpticStudio Certificate and share with your peers!
$300
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