ZBF stands for Zemax Beam File. This format is used in POP to describe the beam at a surface.
To create a ZBF text file manually, here are two useful documents:
- an Excel sheet that summarizes the syntax of the Help File :The Analyze Tab (sequential ui mode) > Laser and Fibers Group > About Physical Optics Propagation > Defining the Initial Beam > File (defining the initial beam) > Zemax Beam File (ZBF) text format > Zemax Beam File (ZBF) text format.
The E column of the tab "ZBF" of the Excel sheet is a ZBF file. To create a ZBF file, copy that column into a text file and save it with a ZBF extension under \Zemax\POP\BEAMFILES.
The two other tabs represent and plot the data as a matrix.
- the ZBF text file created from the Excel sheet