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.