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Variator in OptiRE

Variator allows you to study how the design spectral characteristics change with variations of layer thicknesses and layer refractive indices. Variator adjusts the parameters of the reverse-engineering model, and modified parameters are immediately shown in all other OptiRE windows.

Using sliders, [-] and [+] buttons, or numerical controls you can adjust the parameters of the design, substrate and incident medium and almost instantly see the effect of such a change. The changes are applied to all other OptiRE windows, therefore you can study multiple effects at once.

In the case of dispersive materials the variations are considered as offsets of the refractive index or extinction coefficient. In other words, a constant value controlled by the Variator is added to the refractive index spectral dependence.

Revert Back button allows you to restore the initial parameters.

Variator1 general

Example. Comparison of the experimental and nominal transmittance data related to a 43-layer quarter-wave mirror reveal errors in layer thicknesses and/or inaccuracies in refractive indices:

Variator1 ExampleInitFit

 Discrepancy function value (bottom left) \(DF=26.36\).

After application of the "Systematic errors" model, fitting of experimental data by model data is improved:

 Variator1 ExampleFitAfterSyst

Discrepancy function value is significantly reduced \(DF=13.20\). There are still deviations

Varying refractive indices it is possible to find that the discrepancy function can be reduced by decreasing low refractive index:

Variator1 EXampleINdex

Decreasing low refractive index leads to better fitting between experimental and model data:

Variator1 ExampleFitAfterVar

Discrepancy function value is now 11.43.

Hot Fixes 12.12a, 1.11.2017

OptiLayer

  1. Minor issues in About dialog fixed.
  2. Any Target change in the Environment manager caused resetting of plot options independently on the "Reset on Target Load" setting in the Analysis and Synthesis options dialog.
  3. Fixed problems with loading files in some examples. Examples option should be selected during installation in order to refresh the files.
  4. Minor display problems in U- and g-values window fixed (Windows text size settings > 100%).

 

OptiChar

  1. Minor issues in About dialog fixed.
  2. Fixed problems with loading files in some examples. Examples option should be selected during installation in order to refresh the files.
  3. Switching between 0-360 and -180 +180 limits for Delta angle is not reflected at fitting windows immediately.

OptiRE

  1. Minor issues in About dialog fixed.
  2. Fixed problems with loading files in some examples. Examples option should be selected during installation in order to refresh the files.
  3. Switching between 0-360 and -180 +180 limits for Delta angle is not reflected at fitting windows immediately.
  4. Minor display problems in U- and g-values window fixed (Windows text size settings > 100%).

USB3 Problem

  • What to do if OptiLayer is frozen immediately after starting?

The most likely, you have a problem with USB bus controller at your computer. It may suspend communications with the hardware key in some quite rare cases. For example, we had issues with USB3 controllers at some modern computers. If it is your case, it is quite easy to fix: just try other USB ports! It is better to use not USB3, but classical USB2 ports. In cases if your computer has only USB3 connections, you can use any cheap USB hub that will automatically downgrade USB3 to USB2.

Please, try the following:

1) If you are using USB3 port for the dongle, try to switch to USB2. If you do not have USB2 port at your computer, you can use any non-expensive USB2 hub attached to USB3 port.

2) In some cases the installation of latest USB3 drivers from the USB3 controller manufacturer helped.

3) It is also worthwhile to install all Windows updates at your computer, since OptiLayer programs use the standard Windows HID-interface to communicate with the dongle.

4) If above steps do not help, we can reprogram the key to a different mode, in which it will not rely on HID problematic interfaces. We can reprogram the key remotely.

Evolutionary Reverse Engineering Algorithm

New evolutionary post-production characterization algorithm significantly improves the search for the best fit in the case of multi-scan data. The new option is available in OptiRE through: 

Solve --> Random Errors

Solve --> Quasi-Random Errors

Solve --> Quasi-Random Inhomogeneities

Solve --> Random Errors (scientific mode)

Solve --> Quasi-Random Errors (scientific mode)

In comparison with the previous versions, there is a choice between two algorithms in "Method" field: Simple Refinement and Triangular algorithm. In the case of "Simple Refinement", discrepancy function \(DF\) is minimized with respect to all "Active" layer thicknesses:

\[ DF^2=\frac{1}{m}\sum\limits_{k=1}^m\frac 1L\sum\limits_{j=1}^L\left[\frac{T(d_1,...,d_m;\lambda_j)-\hat{T}^{(k)}(\lambda_j)}{\Delta T_j}\right]^2, \]

where \(m\) is the number of design layers, \(\{\lambda_j\}, \; j=1,...,L\) is the wavelength grid, \(\hat{T}^{(k)}(\lambda_j)\) transmittance scan recorded after the deposition of \(k-\)th layer, \(\Delta T_j\) are measurement tolerances.

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In the case of "Triangular algorithm", partial discrepancy functions \(DF(i)\) are minimized with respect to all "Active" layer thicknesses among \(d_1,...,d_i\):

\[ DF^2(i)=\frac{1}{i}\sum\limits_{k=1}^i\frac 1L\sum\limits_{j=1}^L\left[\frac{T(d_1,...,d_i;\lambda_j)-\hat{T}^{(k)}(\lambda_j)}{\Delta T_j}\right]^2,\]

where \(m\) is the number of design layers, \(\{\lambda_j\}, \; j=1,...,L\) is the wavelength grid, \(\hat{T}^{(k)}(\lambda_j)\) transmittance scan recorded after the deposition of \(k-\)th layer, \(\Delta T_j\) are measurement tolerances.

Important: At each \(i-\)step, starting approximations of actual layer thicknesses are taken from the result of the \((i-1)-\)step. This reduces the instability in determination of actual layer thicknesses significantly.

 

   

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