A New-Generation System for Designing and Analyzing Customized Optic Systems
Optica is a new generation of optical design software. It
offers unprecedented flexibility and builds upon the enormous
repertoire of symbolic, numeric, and graphic capabilities in Mathematica.
With its searchable component database of more than 6800 commercial optical
parts, you can design optical systems faster than ever before.
Yet Optica does not limit you to predefined components, nor
constrain you by limited script languages.
Optica has a modular building-block architecture that makes
addition of custom components a snap. Aspheric lenses, custom
surfaces, resonating cavities, and optical fibers represent just a few
of the possibilities, from mundane to exotic. Optica is
limited only by your imagination and the vast possibilities of
Mathematica. If a component or analysis function doesn't exist
in Optica, you have the tools to build it yourself. The simple
building-block architecture of Optica also makes it easy to
The power of Optica lies not only in the components of
optical systems, but also in the rays themselves. These are
full-fledged system objects in their own right. You can tag specific
rays with descriptive labels and follow them through a complex system.
Optical ray tracing can be sequential or non-sequential. The
ray-tracing engine can even perform traces with arbitrary precision,
beyond standard machine precision.
Here is just a bit of what you'll find in Optica's vast library of
- 122 optical components
- 38 lenses
- 23 mirrors
- 22 prisms
- 12 light sources
- 22 high-level functions
About the Developer
Donald Barnhart has been developing optical design and analysis
software in Mathematica since 1991. In 1994, while working on his master's
degree, he developed the world's first successful holographic
instrument to measure three-dimensional velocity fields in fluids. He
completed his PhD in 2001 at Loughborough University in
Optica is developed and supported by Dr. Donald Barnhart.
Dr. Donald Barnhart
Division of Barnhart Optical Research
613 W. Delaware Ave
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Optica 3 requires
Mathematica 6, 7, 8, or 9 and is compatible with all Mathematica platforms.
Copyright Optica Software, Barnhart Optical Research LLC
Note: Optica is available for sale through Wolfram
Research in the U.S. and Canada only. For international orders, please
contact Optica Software.