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OptiLayer Targets: Conventional Targets

TargetConv general

OptiLayer allows you to specify all possible target characteristics. Target Window can be used to enter and to edit target data. In the information fields you should specify the number of spectral points at which target data will be entered, the incidence angle(s) at which data will be entered, and the type of spectral characteristic(s) for which data will be supplied.

For each angle of incidence (AOI) you can specify a separate spreadsheet (first column is a spectral unit, for example, wavelength). On the contrast, in angular mode for each wavelength you specify a separate angular page (first column is AOI).

Additional features are target generator, interpolation of target function (increase the number of grid points), estimation of the required number of spectral points, User-Defined Target (UDT) and special editor for group delay/group delay dispersion (GD/GDD). OptiLayer provides wavelength grids of three different types.

Each target spreadsheet contains:

  • Target function values
  • Target function tolerance values
  • Target qualifiers (see the details here)
OptiLayer constructs a merit function automatically in the correspondence with the specified target data:

\[ MF^2=\frac 1K\sum\limits_{i=1}^K \frac 1L\sum\limits_{j=1}^L \left[\frac{S(X; \theta_i;\lambda_j)-\hat{S}(\theta_i;\lambda_j)}{\Delta_{i,j}}\right]^2,\]

where \(S\) is the theoretical spectral characteristic, \(\hat{S}\) is the target spectral characteristic, \(\{\lambda_j\}, j=1,...,L\) is the wavelength grid, \(\{\theta_i\}, i=1,...,K\) is the angular grid, \(\Delta_{i,j}\) are target function tolerance values, \(X\) is the vector of design parameters.

design target

Example: target spreadsheet corresponding to a beamsplitter design: target \(R_s=50\%\), \(R_p=50\%\). Spectral range is from 620 nm to 680 nm, AOI=\(45^0\), 61 spectral points.

beamsplitter design

List of available target spectral characteristics includes:

  • Transmittance/Reflectance/Back Side Reflectance, s-, p- and average polarization;
  • Absorptance, s-, p- and average polarization;
  • Phase shift on reflection/transmission/back side reflection, s- and p- polarization;
  • Differential phase shift on reflection/transmission/back side reflection (difference between phase shifts on s- and p-polarization)
  • Group delay/Group Delay Dispersion (GD/GDD) for reflection and transmission, s- and p-polarization





Target Generator is a powerful feature of OptiLayer allowing you to create conventional and range targets of the complicated structure. Typically such targets contain specifications fora number of angles of incidence, different spectral ranges and different sets of spectral characteristics. 

Example (right panel): Rs=Rp=0 in the  range from 510 nm to 520 nm, Rs=Rp=100% in the range from 1000 nm to 1500 nm. Design tolerances equal to 0.1 in the vicinity of the wavelength 500 nm. It means that this spectral range is more important for the design problem. Wavelength grid is linear around the wavelength 500 nm and logarithmic in the spectral region from 1000 nm to 1500 nm.  The number of spectral points is 11 in the first spectral range and it is 128 in the second one.

design target

In this example the merit function is calculated as follows:

\[ MF^2=\frac 1{11}\sum\limits_{j=1}^{11}\left(\frac{R_s(X;\lambda_j)}{0.1}\right)^2+\frac 1{11}\sum\limits_{j=1}^{11}\left(\frac{R_p(X;\lambda_j)}{0.1}\right)^2+\frac 1{128}\sum\limits_{i=1}^{128}\left(R_s(X;\lambda_i)-100\%\right)^2+\frac 1{128}\sum\limits_{i=1}^{128}\left(R_p(X;\lambda_i)-100\%\right)^2 \]


It is possible to estimate the number of spectral points required for the current spectral target in order to perform design synthesis efficiently. Using too small number of points will lead to bad approximation of the desired target requirements (undesirable "leaks", peaks in the spectral characteristics of interest). Using too many spectral points will slow down computations accordingly.

OptiLayer provides linear, logarithmic and inversely proportional wavelength grids. The wavelength grid can be automatically specified with the help of a user-friendly grid generator:

Grid Generator


Logarithmic grid is more sparse in the longer wavelength range and more dense in the shorter wavelength region.

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