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


New features of OptiLayer in 2013 (version 9.96)

  •  OptiLayer has now targets of four different types. These are Conventional targets, Integral targets, Color targets, EFI targets. If targets of different types are used for solving design problem then the Total merit function is used by a design procedure. The Total merit function is composed of Conventional, Integral, Color, and EFI merit functions corresponding to the respective targets loaded to memory. It is possible to apply weights to these components of the Total merit function. Components of merit function are permanently updated and monitored in the course of design process.
  • New and enhanced design tools: advanced color design options, trapping.
  • Monitoring techniques: Novel Monochromatic Monitoring Strategy, BBM simulations with witness chips (indirect monitoring).
  • Improvements in stack designing.
  • Various interface enhancements.
  • Two new advanced OptiRe examples.
  • New features of Error Analysis.
  • EFI (Electrical Field Intensity) targets. Targets of this type are intended for solving problems with additional demands to the intensity of electric field inside coating layers. 
  • A challenging problem is minimizing electric field intensity inside a coating or inside layers of a given material. A set of powerful OptiLayer design options such as Refinement, Constrained Optimization, Formula Constrained Optimization, Random Optimization can be used for solving this problem. The problem can be solved over a specified wavelength range. If necessary electric field intensity can be maximized as well.  
  • Monitoring techniques (Novel Monochromatic Monitoring Strategy, Advanced opportunities of the BBM simulator).
  • Schott Glass catalog has been updated with the new data from 2012.
  • An ability of incremental search in all databases and Catalog has been implemented. For the file selection you just start typing the name of requested file.
  • Import and Export options of OptiLayer were further extended.
  • The most general OptiLayer option intended for importing data from any ASCII file has been modified in order to be closer to Windows standards. The Ctrl+C shortcut invokes now the "Capture" command.
  • In OptiLayer and OptiRE an ability to export data to "LZH Design..." files has been added (these files are used by the LZH program SPEKTRUM). This option is intended for supporting broadband monitoring devices and other tools working with this file format. OptiLayer is now able to export and import target information from LZH design files.
  • There is now more convenient saving of comments to saved files (designs, targets, etc.) during Save As operations. Before a selection of the file name from the existing file names in the bottom part of the Save As window caused saving of the comment corresponding to the selected file. Now an actual comment corresponding to the saved file is stored at the Save As operation.
  • In the Windows menus of all programs there is a new item Use All Monitors. If this item is selected then all monitors in a multi-monitor configuration of  your computer are used for opening new windows. Otherwise only a monitor with currently active window is used for opening new windows.
  • The Template pinning-unpinning option has been implemented in all programs of OptiLayer software family and in stand-alone utility Plot Engine.  It allows you to customize defaults of plotting. For example, it is possible to set specific line colors, specific line widths, etc. and to save them as a template. When some template is pinned to the plot, all corresponding settings are copied from this template. When a template is not required anymore, it can be unpinned.


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