Optical Solutions Enewsletter

August 2022

NEW! You Are Invited to the Optical Solutions User Group Conference

Join the first annual Synopsys Optical Solutions User Conference on September 28, 2022. We will feature our latest developments to design any optical product – from macro- to nano-scale optics. You will also have the opportunity to learn from and network with other users as well as Synopsys customer success representatives. 

September 28, 2022

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. PDT 
Sunnyvale, California 

(In-person event)

LucidShape CAA V5 Based Version 2022.06 Now Available

LucidShape CAA V5 Based version 2022.06 provides many new features to streamline design and analysis of automotive lighting and simplify workflows.

Key improvements include:

  • Advanced Analysis Enhancements
    • Expanded, customizable Measurement Data Grid
    • Dozens of new measurements based on regulation requirements (LIDMeasurements)
    • Import (and export) regulation (and custom) test tables
  • License Plate Sensor
  • Dynamic mode for the Surface Result Filter (And Ray History Sensor mode added to the Candela Sensor)
  • Improved optimization, analysis, and configuration settings for the Light Guide Design Module
  • MacroFocal enhancements in the Design Module such as FreeForm Design mode available for MacroFocal Lenses and a configurable die-pull direction

For details about these and many other enhancements in this release, see the LucidShape Release Notes on SolvNetPlus.

Latest Blog Posts and Articles

Inside the Universe Machine: The Webb Space Telescope’s Trailblazing Optics

Mark Kahan, chief electro-optical systems engineer at Synopsys and a member of the JWST’s product integrity team, shares how the JWST "pit crew" needed to get the engineering correct on the ground before it launched. Read about the technology and optics involved in the revolutionary main segmented mirror and amazing instruments aboard the JWST.

Read IEEESpectrum article

The Hubble—Here Today, Not Gone Tomorrow

Is the Hubble Space Telescope going away, now that the James Webb Space Telescope has launched?  Not anytime soon.

Read blog article

Tech Talks

Join us for our online Tech Talks, which will include the following topics: 

  • Desensitizing your Designs in CODE V
    August 17, 2022; 10:00-11:00 a.m. PDT (North America)

  • The (Photometry Type) ABC's of Source Apodization in LightTools
    August 25, 2022; 10:00-11:00 a.m. PDT (North America) 

  • Luminance Camera: Thin Lens, Parallel, IDOF Mode Differences and Their Pros and Cons in LucidShape and LucidShape CAA V5 Based
    September 6, 2022; 4:00-5:00 p.m. CEST (Europe)
    10:00-11:00 a.m. EDT (North America)

  • CODE V Macros You Should Be Using
    September 13, 2022; 10:00-11:00 a.m. CEST (Europe)

  • LightTools Tips and Tricks
    September 14, 2022; 10:00-11:00 a.m. CEST (Europe)

  • Reverse Sensor Light: Reproduce a Present Light Distribution From a Certain Source Position
    September 20, 2022; 4:00-5:00 p.m. CEST (Europe)
    10:00-11:00 a.m. EDT (North America)

In case you missed any of the Tech Talks, you can view recent recordings on SolvNetPlus (account required):

Get the Most Out of the SmartStart Library Materials and Media

CODE V Macros You Should Be Using

SolvNetPlus Knowledge Base Articles

The SolvNetPlus Knowledge Base features a collection of searchable articles covering many topics about Synopsys products, including Optical Solutions products. Explore the ever-expanding library of technical articles, available any time.





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Hardware and Measurement Services:


Note: A SolvNetPlus account is required to access these articles. 

After you register and log in to SolvNetPlus, you can click any of the links in the Knowledge Base list to display that article. When you’re logged in to SolvNetPlus, you can also use the Search feature to locate all types of content within the site.

CODE V Example Models

CODE V Example Models | Synopsys

CODE V example models provide opportunities to explore CODE V’s extensive design and analysis capabilities as you work on practical examples. Get a head start designing your next imaging application with example models in CODE V. 

Read more on our blog

Modeling Refractive Mold Textures

Adding surface roughness to your illumination optics is an easy and effective way to smooth a light distribution or to hide your light sources to create a more uniform lit appearance. The difficulty in using textures on refractive surfaces lies in accurately modeling the BSDF for simulation on the parts you design. What kind of texture samples should I measure? What measurements should I make? What actor material should I use in LucidShape or LucidShape CAA V5 Based?  What optical property should I use in LightTools? How will I know if I’m getting the right answers without having to create a prototype? 

These are all very important questions, and we have published a new KnowledgeBase Article on SolvNetPlus to walk you through the process of:

  • Deciding if you have the right samples to measure for making a BSDF model
  • Understanding how to make the correct measurements
  • Building the best actor or optical property in LightTools, LucidShape, and LucidShape CAA
  • Checking the BSDF model against your measurements to make sure that you will accurately simulate your mold texture
  • Tweaking the BSDF model to achieve the best-possible correlation


To view the new KnowledgeBase Article, please follow the link below and log into SolvNetPlus:


SPIE Optics + Photonics

Plan to attend the SPIE Optics + Photonics conference this month, happening as a live event this year in San Diego, CA. Hear the latest advances and hot topics in the optics and photonics community, which include optical engineering developments. Join these special technical events to network with your peers:

  • Illumination Technical Event, August 22, 8:00 p.m.
  • An Optical Believe It or Not: Key Lessons Learned, August 22, 8:00 p.m.
  • Lens Design Technical Event, August 23, 8:00 p.m.

Take a course, or attend a presentation, such as:

·         “Designing more-efficient automotive light guide luminaires,” August 21, 2:10 p.m.

Register for the exhibition, which is free. Visit us at booth 517 to talk to our experts and staff. See you there!

Training and Resources

Product Training

We offer comprehensive, in-person introductory and advanced Optical Solutions product in-person training. View our list of upcoming instructor-led training events and register today! 

Customer Support Portal

Training materials, downloads, and helpful videos are available on demand.


Search knowledge articles, example files, macros, and release notes for Synopsys products.


Access the eLearning platform to learn CODE V and LightTools at your own pace. This valuable resource is available to all current and trial license users.

Upcoming Events

SPIE Optics + Photonics
San Diego, CA
August 21–25

Photonics NXT
September 22-23

Light + Building
Frankfurt, Germany
October 2–6

Frontiers in Optics
Rochester, NY
October 16–20

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