Happy Holidays from Synopsys

The Synopsys Optical Solutions team would like to wish you happy holidays and thank you for being loyal customers. Let us know how we can help and support you during this time. 

Customer Support Hours in December

From December 25, 2023 to January 1, 2024, please allow for a delayed response to your request for technical support. Our support will be limited during this time. We will respond to product support and general inquiries for all products starting on January 2, 2024. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Solution Updates

RSoft Photonic Device Tools 2023.12

This release includes several usability updates and speed improvements. BSDF file generation with DiffractMOD RCWA is now faster, and MetaOptic Designer has significant speed enhancements. Parameter scans, including BSDF file generation, has improved stability, and the TCAD material files can now be directly used in RSoft simulations. MetaOptic Designer can now edit material files directly, output MTF and far-field, use MTF as an optimization target, and has improved memory handling and performance when generating GDS files.

See the release notes on SolvNetPlus* for a complete list of changes/updates.

RSoft Photonic Device Tools 2023.12 - MetaOptic Designer | Synopsys

LucidShape 2023.09-1

This service release provides important fixes to Advanced Analysis and MacroFocal functionality. 

The release also includes new features in Advanced Analysis to provide more preprocessing options. You can now scale the input files individually, even without adding them to groups. You can perform a simple scaling, or scale everything relative to the maximum measured value in the UV Data File.

For more details about the fixes and the new features, see the release notes*, available when you download the service release, or from the documentation section of SolvNetPlus*.

LucidShape 2023.09-1 | Synopsys

*Please note that a SolvNetPlus account is required. You must log in first, then click on these links.

User Conference Presentations

The 2023 Synopsys Optical Solutions User Conference is a wrap! This year’s event took place on November 8, 2023, in Sunnyvale, California. Whether you joined us in Sunnyvale or online, thank you for your interest and attendance. Presentation recordings are now available on SolvNetPlus (login required first).

Tech Talk Videos

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The Continued Importance of the Abbe Sine Condition

The Abbe sine condition, named after Ernst Abbe, is a fundamental principle in optics that describes the conditions for an undistorted pupil mapping between object space and image space. Originally formulated to facilitate the design of microscopes, it later came to be used throughout optical design to correct field-linear aberrations (i.e., coma) without tracing a large number of rays. While these raytrace savings are less important in the modern context, the Abbe Sine Condition remains a powerful tool for understanding performance over the field at a glance.

Join Us at These Upcoming Events

CODE V Optical Design Day

December 14, 2023; Aschheim/Dornach, Germany

SPIE Photonics West 2023

January 30—February 1, 2024 | San Francisco, CA

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Call for Technical Papers

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Optics Glossary Terms You Should Know

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