Rayica and LensLab Bring the Next Generation of Optical Design to Mathematica
February 28, 2006--A powerful new generation of optical design
software for Mathematica
is now available from Wolfram Research with today's release of LensLab and Rayica 2. These
third-party Mathematica add-ons bring unprecedented
flexibility, speed, and functionality to the design and analysis of
sophisticated 3D optical systems, such as optical instruments, optical
sensors and measurement systems, lasers, fiber optic communication
systems, and optical disc systems.
Rayica gives scientists fine granularity and more control than
other programs for modeling innovative optical instruments, including
aspherical lenses, optical fibers, resonating cavities, and custom
surfaces. The package features over 6800 predefined commercial optical
parts and makes it easy for users to define new elements with their
own symbolic equations.
LensLab offers similar design capabilities within an
entry-level ray-tracing package intended for students, educators, and
professionals. In addition to developing equipment and experimental
setups to determine optical component specifications and system
layouts, LensLab enables the evaluation and optimization of
alternative system designs. The package enriches the laboratory
experience for both professionals and students by providing greater
insights into their physical experiments.
Key features of Rayica and LensLab include:
- Sequential and non-sequential ray tracing in 3D space
- Built-in optical components, including predefined lenses, mirrors,
prisms, and light sources
- Arbitrary user-defined optical surface profiles of any shape
- Symbolic parameterization of optical system characteristics
- Energy calculations, including models of gain and absorption
Both application packages integrate with Mathematica and leverage their functionality alongside its robust repertoire of symbolic, numeric, and graphical capabilities. Users can create models, perform high-level analysis, and produce professional-quality blueprints or reports all within a single software environment.
Through May 28, 2006, customers can take advantage of an
introductory 20% discount* on the price of Rayica
Developed and supported by Optica Software, Rayica
and LensLab require Mathematica 4.2 or higher and are compatible
with all Mathematica
More product details are available on the Rayica and LensLab websites.
* Offer valid only in the U.S. and Canada.
Discount does not apply to educational, student, or government