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Optical Design and Simulation Software

  1. Sep 12, 2011 #1
    Hi all,

    I am seeking for an optical design an simulation platform. There will be splitters, combiners and mirrors with precisely adjusted angles/positions. I will input the specs and position of all the components (including the light source) and want to view the corresponding optical path.

    Has anyone come across to something like this ?

    Thank you.
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 12, 2011 #2
    There is a huge variety of commercial software to do these sorts of things, having a huge range of prices, but you'll have to specify in more detail what you want out of it. Just a picture of central rays? Imaging of a distributed object? Diffraction? Polarization? Plane view or with 3D tolerances? Types of glass and details of beamsplitter and mirror coatings? Etc.
  4. Sep 12, 2011 #3
    Basically, I want plane view output of interference fringes. I want to be able to set properties of all the components used in an interferometer and log the system output for further processing. It would also be good if I could involve nonlinear crystals in the simulation.
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