RAYTRACEEvery optical system has to be designed before it can be built up. In order to calculate whether the optical system fulfils the claimed specifications it is necessary to carry out a simulation of the optical system taking into account all relevant optical effects. For many optical systems it is sufficient to make a ray tracing simulation including optical path length calculation. But especially if the size of the optical system becomes quite small more and more diffraction effects have to be included in the simulation. Moreover, modern optical systems contain besides classical refractive and reflective optical elements also holographic optical elements (HOE) and diffractive optical elements (DOE) or graded index lenses. To design and simulate optical systems containing an arbitrary number of refractive, reflective, diffractive optical elements or graded index lenses the design program RAYTRACE was developed in our group for the last 23 years. RAYTRACE allows the calculation of the "classical" merit functions for optical imaging systems like wave aberrations, point spread function, modulation transfer function and so on. By using nonsequential ray tracing also illumination systems can be simulated. It also allows the simulation of complete interferometers and the simulation of diffraction and interference effects in microoptical array systems. Implemented features
The latest program version runs under Windows XP and Windows 7. Download the recent demo version of RAYTRACE.
