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Welcome to the Optica News&Events page! Note our new update of Optica. It can now be used with Mathematica 10, as well as some of the earlier Mathematica versions. LensLab is compatible with Mathematica10.

Our latest build date for Optica was April 1, 2016 Some new functions recently added include PointSource, FindIrradiance, SurfaceFit and CustomGrid. You can find these examples in the Optica documentation under WorkingExamples -> NewFunctions Optica was also updated to fix Mathematica compatibility problems, including the load errors from the recent release, Mathematica 10.4

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We are excited about our latest video:

Beamwise/Optica working together video

Dr. Donald Barnhart of Optica Software narrates a quick example of Optica and BeamWise working together to define and optimize a stable ring resonator. The video shows how we initially sketch a simple layout of the optical components in BeamWise, next simulate and optimize the design in Optica, and finally return the optimized design to BeamWise to add mounts and create costed bill of materials, 2D drawings, and SOLIDWORKS export. Check out the path that takes you from idea to optimized design at BeamWise-Optica integration video For more information visit us at or

We are excited to announce a joint program with Optica Software and BeamWise. The joint project will allow Optica users to specify physical components in BeamWise and produce 2D & 3D drawings. BeamWise supports import and export to AutoCAD and SolidWorks. Optica4 is a high-level optical design package for Mathematica. It performs polarization ray-tracing, non-sequential ray-tracing, energy calculations, and optimization of optical systems in three-dimensional space. It also performs symbolic modeling of optical systems, diffraction, interference, wave-front, and Gaussian beam propagation calculations. BeamWise fills the gap between the optical world and the mechanical world. Current tools, like AutoCAD and SolidWorks, do not have a model for the beam alignment requirements for optical components. BeamWise is a design automation system with design rules and a component library that augments AutoCAD or SolidWorks to guarantee that the alignment is always maintained as design changes are rippled through the beam path.

About Beamwise

BeamWise, Inc. offers software tools and services for the design of complex optical systems; we specialize in model - based design automation and configuration solutions. Our products significantly reduce the time and errors involved i n developing and maintaining optical systems. With BeamWise, an instrument developer can define an optical system; the software then automatically generates 2D functional drawings, full 3D CAD models, and a parts list.


This models the optical behavior of a diamond solitaire gem with 58 facets as it reflects and refracts the rays of light in Rayica. The colors indicate the amount of energy present in each ray on a logarithmic scale.

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