Creating a Simulation Software for the whole Optical System

  • 30 January 2023
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I have a question about building a simulation program to predict the optical performance of the whole optical system. The system includes LED illumination (300 thru hole LEDs and lenses), optical diffuser, optical bandpass filter for camera, line scan cameras (RGB, SWIR), camera lenses, optical beam splitter and mirror, etc.

The purpose of this program is to quantitatively predict the light power profile variation, light signal level changes, image sharpness changes, image contrast changes when moving the LED working distances, LED beam angle changes, camera working distance changes, filter changes. 

Do you think it is feasible to create this tool for technicians for optimizing the system settings? If yes,

  1. Does the software guys need be involved? 
  2. How long the project will take?
  3. Is Zemax powerful enough to fulfill this task or need other software, or the combination of both?
  4. Is there any commercial software in the market to do this?

Thank you very much!

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