Breault Research Organization's (BRO, Tucson, AZ) Advanced Systems Analysis Program (ASAP) 2008 V2R1 release adds, according to the company, significant capability to the well-established tool for virtual prototyping of optical systems and devices. The software targets design and modeling of complete biomedical systems among other optics applications. In fact, the company has developed numerous short video clips, including these two to demonstrate the its Advanced Human Eye Model (AHEM) and human skin and tissue simulations in ASAP using the BIO Toolkit:
Clip 1: Human eye software simulation
Clip 2: Human skin and tissue simulation
"The ASAP 2008 V2R1 release advances optical software in the areas of practical optimization, realistic polarization effects, and robust opto-mechanical workflow for CAD," said Dr. Kyle Ferrio, BRO's Director of Scientific Software Applications. Among the highlights of ASAP 2008 V2R1 are:
- Penalty Functions - Building upon new optimization methods available in ASAP, user-defined penalty functions have been added to help guide optimization routines toward ideal solutions.
- Polarization Enhancements - Realistic Retarder Models have been added to complement Realistic Polarizer Models, and FRESNEL TIR is now compatible with the new polarization models.
- Poincaré Sphere Enhancements - Clicking on multiple points within the Poincaré Sphere Visualization Tool now highlights the points for improved visibility, and interrogation of polarization states.
- Roughness and Scatter Models - The ASAP Quick Start Toolbar now includes a larger set of roughness and scatter models that are grouped by manufacturer where appropriate. Users may drag-and-drop these models into their systems.
- IGES Import Enhancements - ASAP will now automatically detect and interactively manage duplicate geometry during the IGES import process, and an even wider range of CAD geometries may be imported.
- 3D Viewer Enhancements - ASAP is now able to more efficiently prepare system geometry for visualization in the 3D Viewer. Large systems may now be displayed up to twice as fast.