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Optimize systems of symbolically defined lenses and mirrors, test optical components with built-in image processing or data analysis functions, and calculate complex ray-tracing models.

The Wolfram optics solution integrates these capabilities with built-in special functions, advanced differential equation solvers, and the most automated and reliable computation, development, and deployment environment available.

Analyzing data from optical testing
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Wolfram technologies include thousands of built-in functions and curated data on many topics that let you:

  • Quickly simulate behavior of lenses, mirrors, and other optical components
  • Design solar concentrators, lasers, camera lenses, and more
  • Animate graphics to see how results change while adjusting optical components
  • Create interactive interfaces for designing optical systems or performing analyses
  • Design, test, and interact with light scattering instruments
  • Use high-powered mathematics to optimize designs, reducing research time and expense
  • Perform optical modeling for microlithography or optimize microscopy instrumentation
  • Visualize interferograms to test mirrors and lenses
  • Optimize pulse formation and control in new laser designs
  • Develop new imaging techniques for research in a variety of scientific or medical fields

In addition, the application package Optica offers a ray-tracing engine and a searchable component database of more than 6,800 commercial optical parts, all fully integrated.

Interactive models of the human eye and other optical systems

Model light refraction within a water droplet

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Does your current tool set have these advantages?

  • Create interactive tools for designing optical systems, curve fitting, or data analysis that provide visual feedback to make debugging and testing innovative instrumentation easier
    Code V and Zemax do not offer custom interactive tools
  • Get accurate results in optical model calculations with fully automated precision control and arbitrary-precision arithmetic
    Matlab and other systems relying on machine arithmetic can show critical errors due to numerical accuracy failure
  • Rapidly prototype new algorithms more quickly than in other software by choosing from procedural, functional, and rule-based programming paradigms as desired
    Code V and Zemax use a procedural language
  • Import or acquire data, analyze it, and deliver results in one document instead of across several applications
    Unique to Wolfram technologies
  • Highly optimized superfunctions analyze your equations and automatically select the right algorithms to get accurate results quickly—sometimes switching mid-calculation for further optimization
    Other computation systems make you analyze your equations manually to determine which function to apply—for example, where in the Wolfram Language you use NDSolve, in Matlab you must correctly choose among ode45, ode23, ode113, ode15s, bvp4c, pdepe, and so on, or risk wrong answers

Create interactive tools for visualizing optical phenomena

Model core density profiles of optical fibers

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