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Optica installation notes

Optica documentation folder(see installation notes above)

Rayica installation notes

Optica3 overview Mathematica notebook - Wolfram Research conference talk

Rayica and Optica GUI notes

Rayica/Optica3 GUI patch info - how to update Java for Windows Vista

Examples with Optica3
Manipulate examples converted to player format START

View the Getting Started with Optica Guide! START

Tour of Rayica and Basic Optica 3 Features
Here is a graphical tour of examples in Rayica. START

Additional Features of Optica 3
Here is a graphical overview of Optica's additional features. START
(Note that Optica 3 also contains the Rayica features given above.)

Rayica User Guide
Here is the basic user guide of Rayica. (pdf file) (html)

Here is the basic user guide of Wavica. (pdf file) (html)

LensLab User Guide



Chapter 1: Basic Features of LensLab

Chapter 2: How LensLab Does Ray Tracing

Chapter 3: Tour of Component Functions

Chapter 4: Positioning Functions

Chapter 5: Advanced Features of LensLab

Chapter 6: Experimenting with LensLab

Chapter 7: Designing with LensLab

Chapter 8: The Anatomy of Ray

Chapter 9: The Anatomy of Component

Appendix: Reference Guide

Principles Of Rayica
Here is the advanced user guide for Rayica:

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Placement Directives

Chapter 3: Ray Tracing in Detail

Chapter 4: Customization

Chapter 5: Data Handling in Rayica

Chapter 6: Visualizing Your System

Chapter 7: Working with CreateClones

Rayica Definitions Listing
Here is an alphabetical listing of all Rayica and basic Optica 3 definitions. START

Optica 3 Advanced Definitions Listing
Here is an alphabetical listing of all Optica 3's advanced definitions. START
(Note that Optica 3 also uses the Rayica definitions given above.)

Example Library: GRIN lenses
Here is an overview of graded-index refraction. START

Advanced Topics: Notebook Downloads

Advanced TurboTrace (zip file) (html)

Hologram Example (zip file) (html)

Pulse Compression Example (zip file) (html)

Grating compressor ( contributed by Ingmar Hartl, IMRA) ( zip file of Mathematica notebook) (pdf file)

Sun Model (contributed by Ben Jacobson, Illumitech, ) ( zip file of Mathematica notebook) (pdf file)

Sun Model using GridOfRays and CustomDiffuser functions ( zip file of Mathematica notebook) (pdf file)

Optical mediums ( zip file of Mathematica notebook) (pdf file)

Arbitrary Precision Calculations (zip file) (html)

Luneberg Lens ( Graded Index example) (zip file) (html)

Optimization of Aspheric Components (zip file) (html)

Optimization of curvature and conic constants of an asymmetric conic mirror zip file

This is a ray-trace through a lenticular array by Rayica.

This is a Gaussian beam "wave trace" through a prism and lens by Wavica.

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