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TMCNet:  Radiant Zemax Debuts Zemax 13 Release 2 - Innovations in Optical and Illumination Design Software

[July 26, 2013]

Radiant Zemax Debuts Zemax 13 Release 2 - Innovations in Optical and Illumination Design Software

Jul 26, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Radiant Zemax on July 23 released Zemax 13 Release 2, continuing the development of its industry standard software for optical and illumination design.

According to a release, Zemax 13 Release 2 delivers a competitive advantage with design, simulation and optimization capabilities plus proprietary features that improve accuracy, performance and reduce time-to-innovation.

"More than 70 new features, enhancements and performance improvements have been added to Zemax in 2013," said Paul Caragher, chief executive officer at Radiant Zemax. "Optical and illumination design professionals require an expanding set of tools to quickly move designs from drawing board to production. At Radiant Zemax, we are actively investing in Zemax product development to provide the breadth and depth of capabilities needed to meet any optical and illumination design challenge." Radiant Zemax said the Stock Lens Matching Tool quickly finds the best commercially available lens for your design. Choose from more than 30 stock lens catalogs for design match analysis. Identify key system constraints such as lens diameter and focal length and easily convert custom design lenses into the best commercial equivalent with a single click.
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In addition, the Company noted the following: Bidirectional Scatter Distribution Function (BSDF) Material Model Library Unsurpassed simulation accuracy. Eliminate errors caused when estimating material scatter coefficients with the comprehensive library of measured BSDF scatter models. Choose from a wide array of engineering materials or quickly evaluate new materials by simply loading the scatter models.

Non-Sequential Source Diffractive Tool Accurately model diffraction in micro-optic systems and account for diffractive effects according to Fraunhofer diffraction theory in illumination from micro-optic apertures, mirrors and other small optical components.

Grid Gradient Index for Non-Sequential Analysis The Grid Gradient Index model in NSC defines optical material properties in three dimensions for precise analysis, is ideal for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and easily uses measured data.

"You Asked - We Programmed" "'You asked, we programmed,' is a direct response to user feedback," said Dr. Mark Nicholson, vice president, Zemax Group. "Meeting users' needs ensures Zemax is powerful, accurate and user-friendly. Zemax developers added a MATLAB file conversion tool, CE classes for roadway lighting and quick-focus selection on the visual optimizer." New Edition Naming for Zemax 13 Release 2 User feedback demonstrated a need to change "legacy" edition naming. New naming will help users determine the proper edition for their needs.

Zemax Premium (formerly Zemax IE) A comprehensive optical and illumination system design solution that builds on Zemax Professional. It adds dynamic CAD interchange with SolidWorks, Creo Parametric and Autodesk Inventor to edit parts and assemblies as if they were native, built-in Zemax objects. LightningTrace allows fast approximate modeling of illumination systems and fully supports optimization and tolerancing. Advanced Path Analysis identifies all the paths stray light may take. Catalogs of measured LED and other sources, and of measured BSDF models gives the most accurate results available.

Zemax Professional (formerly Zemax EE) Increase design capabilities with all Zemax Standard functionalities plus powerful new features. Physical Optics allows the study of laser beam propagation in optical systems. Comprehensive non-sequential ray-tracing models non-imaging systems with multiple sources, ray splitting, scattering and multiple detectors in a global 3D design environment. Colorimetric features work with human visual response as well as radiometric data. Users can link to MATLAB and other external programs as well as import and export CAD files.

Zemax Standard (formerly Zemax SE) Zemax Standard provides everything needed for lens design and modeling of complex imaging and focal systems. Flexible editors provide lens design, optimization, tolerancing and multi-configuration control of systems, geometric and diffraction analyses, image simulation, polarization, thin-film modeling and more.

Radiant Zemax is a company focused on design, test and measurement systems.

More Information: www.RadiantZemax.com/Zemax ((Comments on this story may be sent to newsdesk@closeupmedia.com))

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