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


What's new in OptiLayer in 2002 (version 4.48)

  • To further improve the outstanding design capabilities of OptiLayer the ability to specify arbitrary user defined targets (UDT) has been added. It is now possible to use such targets in all design modes of OptiLayer. Merit functions for the design modes are generated automatically in accordance with the specified targets.
  •  Modern applications often require evaluating coating spectral characteristics in several spectral bands using different scales in these bands. For your convenience the ability to open multiple evaluation windows with different graphical settings has been added to OptiLayer. These setting are quite independent and are easily controlled using right-click menu or Options command.
  • OptiLayer options related to constrained optimization have been entirely redesigned so as to meet even most sophisticated requirements. The ability to perform optimization with respect to groups of layers has been implemented. You have now more flexible and convenient option for specifying thickness limits. Constrained optimization keeping optical thicknesses unchanged can be performed.
  • The direct optimization with respect to layer indices has been implemented in OptiLayer additionally to the previously available inhomogeneous refinement mode optimizing the refractive index profile of a coating. In connection with this option the new type of layer materials with changeable refractive indices can be now used in OptiLayer.
  • Another new type of layer materials that can be now used by OptiLayer are composite materials. Up to five user defined materials can be mixed in arbitrary proportions in order to produce composite materials. The corresponding design modes can find optimal proportions for these mixtures. Composite materials can be used by OptiChar and OptiRE as well.
  • Multiple improvements have been done in the Monitoring Spreadsheet option supporting optical monitoring of deposition processes. The monitoring spreadsheet is now saved together with the corresponding design if Save Design command is used. The spectral width of the light source is now taken into account when generating monitoring spreadsheet. The spectrum of the monitoring light beam can be specified as rectangular or Gaussian. Plotting in the Monitoring spreadsheet option was essentially accelerated and the ability to display plots for any selected number of layers was added. The latter improvement and the series of new convenient editing options makes the monitoring spreadsheet presentation much more flexible. According to the demands of some users it is now possible to generate monitoring spreadsheet for the case when witness chips are used repeatedly.
  •  Extremely convenient new option "Export to Excel" is added to all three programs OptiLayer, OptiChar, and OptiRE. This option allows you to export any spreadsheet window or any report window directly to Excel each time invoking a fresh copy of Excel. It is possible to export all data or any selected part of data. It is also possible to include column headers or to omit them.
  •  Right-click context-sensitive menus are added to General Information Windows of all programs (OptiLayer, OptiChar, and OptiRE). It is now possible to perform many frequently required operations , in particular operations with database files, directly from the General Information window. The user will immediately recognize the convenience of this new opportunity being in the frame of modern style of Windows users interface.
  •  The GIF file support was added to "Save As..." commands of all programs in addition to previously supported JPEG, PCX, BMP, and WMF formats. The GIF format is rather economical and also is more Internet friendly.
  • Multiple essential interface improvements have been done in all programs of OptiLayer software family. In particular user comments have unlimited length now. Long comments are displayed in the Callout windows. Local popup menus are added to all OptiLayer databases. These menus include all main database operations. Names of files can now include lower case letters and are limited by 128 characters (32 characters in previous versions of the programs).



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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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Icons 100x100 2Comprehensive manual in PDF format and e-mail support help you at each step of your work with OptiLayer.



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