Enewsletter, October 2021

Enewsletter, October 2021

Fall Issue: Student and Professor Edition

Welcome to our Fall 2021 university newsletter! We hope you all had a restful and productive summer break and are ready to hit the books! 

What's New in the Optical Solutions Group?

Student Design Competition Results

We'd like to extend our congratulations to the student winners of our 2021 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition. 

Amir Hashemizad, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo,

Kaylx Jang, Columbia University 

Elliot Kwan, University of Arizona 

Jace Malm, Avalon McLeod, Lam Nguyen, & Sebastian Valencia; University of Arizona 

Sara Moein, University of North Carolina at Charlotte 

Yuxuan Liu, University of Rochester 

Jacob Sacks, University of Rochester 

View the winning entries here.

Read our blog to learn more about these students! 

You could be our next winner! Learn how you can enter your optical design class assignment or thesis work for the 2021–2022 year by visiting our  website

User Group Meeting Presentations Available

In September and October, we hosted CODE V, LightTools, and LucidShape User Group Meetings featuring a variety of topics ranging from case studies, to usage tips, to what’s new in the software, and more. 

In case you were not able to attend a meeting, you can find recordings and other content from select talks on our Customer Support Portal. When you log in, you'll find the following topics:


  • Tolerancing Macros for CODE V
  • Representations of Off-Axis Conics for Lens Design
  • Scientific Images from Jezero – The Optics That Make it Happen 
  • CODE V Tips and Tricks
  • CODE V 11.5 and CODE V 11.5 SR 1 New Features


  • Finding Solutions That Improve Color Mixing, Light Uniformity and Efficiency, in planar lighting products, by using LightTools
  • Optical Design of a Presence Detector using LightTools
  • Design of a Front Fog Automotive Lamp per SAE Standard
  • Using LightTools to Solve the 2021 IODC Illumination Design Competition Problem
  • Modeling Interference Using Monte Carlo Ray Trace


  • LucidShape CAA V5 Based 2021.06 New Features
  • LucidShape CAA V5 Based Light Guide Design Module New Features
  • Results Evolution - Tracking Development of Automotive Optical Functions in a Simple Way
  • Synopsys Optical Solutions Customer Support Portal Overview

Customer Support Portal

As a reminder, our Customer Support Portal contains many helpful materials related to our products. You can find resources to enhance your design skills through:

  • New user orientations
  • Tech Talks
  • User Group presentations
  • Video demonstrations

Please sign up for a portal account to take full advantage of the available materials. 

Upcoming Tech Talks

Physical Optics Made Easy: Beam Synthesis Propagation in CODE V 

October 26, 2021; 10:00–11:00 a.m. PDT 

LightTools SOLIDWORKS Link Module ,

October 28, 2021; 10:00–11:00 a.m. PDT 

Synopsys Scattering Measurement Solutions: Acktar Ultrablack Coating REFLET Measurements ,

November 4, 2021; 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. EST  

Comparison of TOR and TOLMONTE in CODE V ,

November 17, 2021; 10:00–11:00 a.m. PST 

LightTools Parameter Analyzer ,

November 18, 2021; 10:00–11:00 a.m. PST 

LucidShape U.S. New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) Benchmark ,

December 7, 2021; 10:00–11:00 a.m. EST 

CODE V Optimization Warnings and Errors ,

December 15, 2021; 10:00–11:00 a.m. PST 

LightTools Light Guide Designer ,

December 16, 2021; 10:00–11:00 a.m. PST 

Upcoming Training

Introduction to CODE V

New! ELearning—available anytime!, Contact codev_support@synopsys.com for details and access.

Introduction to LightTools

New! ELearning—available anytime!, Contact Lighttools_support@synopsys.com for details and access.

Advanced Topics in CODE V,

October 25, 27, 29 & November 1, 3, and 5; 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. PDT

Introduction to LightTools,

November 8–10 & 15-17, 2021; 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. PST

Introduction to CODE V,

December 6–8 & 13–15, 2021; 9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. PDT

Important Links

Visit the Synopsys Optical and Photonic Solutions  blog.

Want to use the same software used by industry leaders in optics? Request a free student license!,