Enewsletter, Fall Issue: Student and Professor Edition

Enewsletter, September 2020

Fall Issue: Student and Professor Edition

Apertures & Vignetting 101

 

If you are a student picking up optical design software for the first time (or even the hundredth time!), one common challenge you might face is understanding how the software handles apertures and vignetting in a lens system. Dr. Julie Bentley, Associate Professor of Optics at the University of Rochester and David Hasenauer, CODE V Product Manager at Synopsys, discuss these concepts within CODE V® in the linked white paper.  

Apertures (strictly speaking, “clear apertures”) are fairly easy to understand. Clear apertures are simply the opening associated with each surface that light can pass through. Light inside the clear aperture proceeds to the next surface, light outside the clear aperture is blocked.  In all standard imaging optical systems, there is one clear aperture that is special, and is typically the only aperture to limit how much light gets through the optical system for the on-axis field. This surface is defined as the “Aperture Stop,” or simply the “Stop.” For some systems, it is the only aperture that limits the light bundle for off-axis fields as well.
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We'd like to extend our congratulations to the five student winners of our 2020 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition.

Student Design Competition Results

We'd like to extend our congratulations to the five student winners of our 2020 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition.

  • Cody Brelage, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Sarah Grabowski, University of Rochester
  • Jieun Ryu, University of Arizona
  • Shohreh Shadalou, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Nick Takaki, University of Rochester


Read our blog to learn more about these students from Wyant College of Optical Sciences at University of Arizona, University of Rochester, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

You could be our next winner! Learn how you can enter your optical design class assignment or thesis work for the 2020-2021 year by visiting our website.


 

Upcoming Webinars

Join us for one of our FREE upcoming online tech talks. Register for any or all of the talks!

“Hello CODE V!” Introduction to Macro PLUS Programming
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
10:00-11:00 am PDT

Macro-PLUS CODE V Math, String, and Optical Functions
Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
10:00-11:00 am PT

LightTools User Group Session #3
Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. PT
Industry Talk: Blowing Hardware Startup Minds with LightTools
Industry Speaker: Erin McDermott from Spire Starter LLC
Synopsys Talk: Case Study Using SLM

LightTools User Group Session #4
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. PT
Industry Talk: Simulating Scattering Surface with LightTools using BSDF
Measurement and Microfacet Model
Industry Speaker: Cyrille Pornin from Light Tec
Synopsys Talk: Quantitative Visualization in LightTools

Upcoming Training

CODE V Advanced Training
Date: September 28-30 and Oct 5-7, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PT 

LucidShape Basic Training
Date: Oct 20-22 and 27-29, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET 

Selected Topics in LightTools
Date: October 19-21 and 26-28, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PT
 

Important Links

  • Visit the Synopsys Optical and Photonic Solutions blog
  • Sign-up for a free account on the Customer Support Portal to access resources to help you learn about CODE V, LightTools, LucidShape, and Photonic Solutions tools
  • Want to use the same software used by industry leaders in optics? Request a free student license!