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27 April 2021 – 29 April 2021 OSA Virtual Event - Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)
Optical Systems Design, LLC


Automatic Design Search Tools in Optical Design

“Traditional (design) methods have long relied on having a good starting point, a design not too far from the desired goals, and then work to improve it… However, one rarely has such a starting point. The core problem here is the fact that, except in a few simple cases, there is no closed-form solution to the lens design problem. That means there is no formula where you can simply plug numbers into and obtain a great design. You have to think, try things, learn from experience, and iterate. My goal in writing the [SYNOPSYS™] program has been to put as much of the burden on the computer as possible...”  -- Don Dilworth, Creator of the SYNOPSYS™ Lens Design Software.

The Automatic Design Tools in SYNOPSYS™ are created to provide an effective solution by putting as much of the design burden on the computer, freeing Engineers from the most tedious of the traditional tasks.  It aims to ease the process in finding good starting points, and to facilitate exploration of the design space to discover alternative design forms which may deliver better performances not normally realized using conventional design protocols.

In this presentation, we will illustrate the use of the following Design Tools:

  • Design Search (DSEARCH):  A search tool for fixed focus systems. 
  • Automatic Element Scanning Tools:  These tools scan the lens systems to find the best place to insert or delete elements or to use an unusual surface such as aspheric.

We start with an introduction to SYNOPSYS™ and its automatic design search tools.  We will use a seven- element system as an example to illustrate the DSEARCH tool in SYNOPSYS and how the system tolerance requirements can be relaxed when searched with the tolerance desensitization goal.  Then we will show how to use the automatic element insertion/deletion tools to improve the lens system.



Kit Cheong, PhDPresident, Optical Systems Design, LLC

Kit Cheong is President of Optical Systems Design (OSD), LLC.  She received her Ph.D. in Optics from the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, as well as an Associate Degree in Entrepreneurship from Eller School of Business, University of Arizona. 

Before she founded OSD, Kit had more than ten years of experience in the Optical Software and Engineering Service industry.   She accomplished various roles within Technical Customer Support, Application and Technical Sales,  Training, as well as Engineering and Project Management.


Product Profiles

Automatic Design Search Tools

The Automatic Design Search Tools in SYNOPSYS is innovative and powerful.

  • Find realistic starting points for optical designs quickly
  • Explore the design space and discover new design forms, sometimes with better performance, not normally realized using conventional design protocols

The User-Interface Plus (UI+) Edition​

  • Integrates all the features of the Classic Edition
  • Includes an enhanced, streamlined, and workflow-oriented User Interface
  • Allows new users to kickstart their designs with ease  

RayJack ONE

RayJack™ ONE is the new optical analysis tool by Hembach Photonik, in a Nutshell:

  • Non sequential ray tracer to simulate complex optical systems, including their mechanical environment 
  • Intuitive and flexible scripting language based on Python
  • Graphics tools to show system geometry, ray-tracing progress, radiometric results as well as user-defined analysis results
  • Powerful tools for optical analysis

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Showcase Presentation

Thursday, 29 April 2021

10:35 - 10:50 EDT (UTC - 04:00)


Networking Availability

Thursday, 29 April 2021

10:05 - 10:35 EDT (UTC - 04:00): Demo

10:50 - 11:35 EDT (UTC - 04:00): Q&A



Kit Cheong, PhD, President



Katharine Johnson. Sales and Marketing


About Us

Optical Systems Design (OSD Optics), a Software and Engineering Service company, is the provider of the SYNOPSYS™ Lens Design Software.  Infusing optics knowledge with fast numerical algorithms, SYNOPSYS™ offers a powerful optimization engine and versatile Automatic Design Search Tools, which help you find starting points for new designs quickly and explore the optical design space to discover new design forms.  Sometimes the designs returned by the numerical algorithms present better performances not normally realized using conventional design protocols. 

OSD is also the distributor of the newest non-sequential raytrace program, RayJack® One, published by Hembach Photonik, Germany.  RayJack® ONE offers maximum flexibility and control over simulations -- the new tool for optical system analysis. 

At OSD Optics, we strive to bring powerful and cost-effective software tools to the Optics community.  We offer our SYNOPSYS™ Lens Design Software with a perpetual license at a reasonable price, because we think our fellow Optical Engineers deserve the peace of mind knowing that they will own their tool once they pay for it. 

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