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OptiLayer:  Your Partner in Design and Post-Production Characterization of Optical Coatings


What's new in OptiLayer in 2000

  •  A new unique option for the automatic design of WDM filters has been introduced. This option is based on the most useful classical results, recent advances in optimization theory, and essential know-how of OptiLayer developers.
  •  The upper limit for the number of points in the "Tabulate" option and various evaluation and error analysis reports was increased from 999 to 9999.
  •  In OptiLayer and OptiRE the upper limit for the number of design layers was increased up to 4096. This upgrade follows increasing practical demands.
  •  "Merit function" was added to the list of functions in Plot Engine, an extremely powerful 2D and 3D graphical presentation option of OptiLayer. This allows investigating merit function dependence on various parameters (like layer thicknesses, layer refractive indices, etc.).
  •  Two new reports, "Layers inhomogeneity" and "Systematic deviations", are added to the list of OptiLayer reports. These new reports are connected with the corresponding OptiLayer options providing additional pre-manufacturing analysis of optical coating designs.
  •  For the additional  convenience saving/restoring of OptiLayer configuration has been revised.
  •  To increase the flexibility of design editing "Keep physical thicknesses" check box is added to the Design editor. If this check box is marked then physical thicknesses remain unchanged when control wavelength, match angle, match medium, and layer indices are changed.
  •  Maintaining the tradition of being the origin of all thin-film software innovations, OptiLayer has now an entirely new non-local design technique called "Inhomogeneous refinement". This new technique originates from author's recent publications.
  •  To meet increasing practical demands in telecommunication area one more unique WDM option has been included in OptiLayer. This is the "WDM Error Analysis" dialog, which allows simulating and analyzing the deposition of WDM filters with single wavelength optical monitoring. An automatic end-point determination procedure enables investigating effects of random and systematic errors in monitoring data, impact of instability of deposition rates, parameters that may destroy the effect of errors self-compensation.
  •  In OptiChar and OptiRE, a convenient option for the direct import of datafiles from Woollam's ellipsometers has been added.
  •  In OptiChar, the "Layer Model" database has been introduced. This option provides additional opportunities for the determination of thin film parameters. It allows storing all parameters of various layer models, which is quite essential for the proper choice of layer model and selecting of the most reliable characterization results.
  •  In OptiChar and OptiRE,   "Total Losses" option is introduced. It is extremely useful for analyzing the origin of losses in thin films and multilayers. It is also useful for the detecting of presence of systematic errors in measurement data.
  •  In OptiChar and OptiRE the "Transmittance without back side" option is added to the list of characterization options. It is useful for the investigating of samples with AR coatings on the substrate backside.
  •  In OptiRE "Show loaded material" check box is added in the "Refractive Indices" window. This allows a vivid comparison of obtained and initial layer refractive indices, which may be quite helpful for the analyzing of reverse engineering results.
  • Well-structured "Simplify Model" options are added to the "Solve" menus of OptiRE and OptiChar. These options essentially improve the flexibility of characterization and reverse engineering procedures and facilitate the finding of the most reliable characterization and reverse engineering results.




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Icons 100x100 1OptiLayer provides user-friendly interface and a variety of examples allowing even a beginner to effectively start to design and characterize optical coatings.        Read more...

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