Software & Accessories

The Software & Accessories channel features articles and other content that discuss lens and optical design software programs, as well as the parts, accessories, and “add-ons” for setting up, running, and maintaining photonics systems.


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Next-gen optical design software

Feb. 12, 2024
Multisequential, object-based architecture for modeling optical systems improves sequential optical design, analysis, optimization, and tolerancing capabilities with one program...
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FIGURE 1. Schematic illustration of the PSR (a), simulated mode conversion efficiencies at the top and bottom waveguides with TE0 mode as the input (b), and simulated mode conversion efficiencies at the top and bottom waveguides with TM0 mode as the input (c) are shown. The insets show the field intensity plots.
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Breaking time barriers: Millimeter-scale photonic simulations in minutes

Sept. 20, 2023
Two case studies demonstrate the transformative impact of advanced parallel computing on the field of computational electromagnetics.
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Simulation and modeling for quantum photonics

June 14, 2023
Ivan Nikitski, EPIC’s Photonics Technology program manager, talks to Mirella Koleva, CEO and cofounder of Quantopticon, makers of simulation software to streamline the design ...
FIGURE 1. The metal-dielectric interface in a plane at y = 0. This system supports SPPs propagating in the x direction and exponentially decaying in the y direction.
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Simulation of surface plasmon polaritons

March 10, 2023
The hunt is on for better plasmonic designs, and optical simulation software will play an important role.
FIGURE 1. At the end of the fiber, the output field is no longer the same as the input field. To absorb the outgoing wave, a general absorbing artificial material is used (aka a perfectly matched layer).
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Full-wave multiphysics simulation of optical fibers

July 25, 2022
Full-wave multiphysics simulations for optical fibers require sophisticated modeling and simulation techniques.
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Elevator stages feature 2 µm positional accuracy

Feb. 19, 2024
Four new motorized elevator stages, the DAG40-200 series, feature 40 mm of vertical travel with a 30 kg load capacity.
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HeNe power supplies generate 20–40 W continuous-wave output power

Feb. 15, 2024
The HCU Series helium-neon (HeNe) power supplies operate HeNe lasers from AC input voltages of 100 to 130 VAC and 200 to 260 VAC.
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RTV silicone resists temperatures up to 400°F

Feb. 8, 2024
Designed for medical device manufacturing, MasterSil 711Med is a one-component, medical-grade silicone adhesive that passes ISO 10993-5 testing for non-cytotoxicity.
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Control software provides exact laser control

Feb. 6, 2024
SCANmotionControl software calculates optimum trajectories from specified machining patterns and process parameters.