OptoNet Summer Course • Fast Physical Optics Modeling and Design
TRAIN YOUR DESIGN SKILLS WiTH VirtualLab Fusion
The demand for physical optics simulation technology has grown distinctly to the point where, for many applications in modern optics, it simply cannot be avoided. Therefore switching to a physical optics model only in those parts of the system where ray tracing is not expected to be an accurate option risks missing important information about the system, mainly due to the mutually incompatible mathematical models – rays and electromagnetic fields is necessary.
Furthermore physical-optical effects may also be relevant in other parts of the system were they were in principle not expected. This is the justification behind the proposal for a ›fast physical optics‹ approach: a physical optics technique which includes a generalization of ray tracing fully embedded inside the overarching physical optics framework, and which, consequently, provides physical optics simulation results just as fast as ray tracing.
In the OptoNet Summer Course Fast Physical Optics Modeling and Design, we will equip you with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to make the most of your work with the fast physical optics software VirtualLab Fusion!
PROGRAM & TRAINING CONCEPT
Physical optics simulation tools & technology area must-have for the analysis and design of modern systems. In this course we will be employing the commercial fast physical optics modeling and design software VirtualLab Fusion to investigate a series of optical systems taken from a broad range of fields of application. We will use these examples to introduce the most important features and details of the underlying technology of the software, from a very general perspective in the first two introductory days, and with a focus on gratings as just one part of larger, more complex optical systems in the advanced course covering the last three days. New features and changes in the latest software will of course be covered within this course.
Some of the topics you can expect to hear about: interferometry, lens systems, anisotropy, fiber coupling, ultrashort pulses, metagratings, augmented and mixed reality lightguides, and more!
The course will be taught by experts of the Optical Engineering team at LightTrans. Their daily work in direct contact with users of VirtualLab Fusion from all over the world means that they do not only have in-depth knowledge of the software and how it works, but also, crucially, of how best to put it to use in order to satisfy the requirements of a wide range of (currently in-demand) fields of application.
PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS & Modules
This course is designed for optical scientists, engineers, designers with varying levels of expertise with VirtualLab Fusion in mind, starting from total beginners.
Introduction: This two-day course provides an overview of VirtualLab Fusion’s fast physical optics usage and technology, and shows how to apply said technology to a series of examples from a varied range of applications. Beginner to intermediate level.
Gratings and AR & MR: This more advanced three-day course focuses on gratings, starting with the many tools available in VirtualLab Fusion to configure very different types of gratings, as well as to characterize and optimize gratings as standalone components (including metagratings); it will then moved on to include those gratings in more complex systems, where the gratings will be accompanied by other optical components. In the following part, as a notable application example,some time will be devoted to the modeling and design of lightguide devices with grating couplers for augmented and mixed reality applications. Advanced level
Both: The content of the courses has been designed so that it is possible to register for either of them separately, or to book both of them together.
The Summer Course will take place in Jena, the city of Ernst Abbe and Carl Zeiss who laid the foundation for modern optics 150 years ago. Since then the science city Jena has been shaped by innovative, light-based technologies. Enjoy the spirit in the young university town surrounded by a magnificent landscape and well-known sights of European history.
The seminar will take place in the new TIP at Moritz-von-Rohr-Straße 1a in Jena. With professional technical equipment and a pleasantly undisturbed environment in an innovative dynamic environment, the best conditions for concentrated work are created. During the breaks, we offer healthy, balanced cuisine for refreshment and well-being.
The registration is open. Reservations are possible. Members from our partner clusters benefit from a considerable discount.
Conference materials, documents and exercises are included in the conference fee. Participants are kindly expected to cover the costs for their individual travel and accommodation. Please bring your own notebook, the required software will be provided by the organizer.
Attendance fees for the Summer Course depend on your preferred booking model:
Introduction - 2 Days - September 11-12, 2023 690 EUR member fee (OptoNet members, members of the Regional Networks of OptecNet Germany and members of international partner networks) 990 EUR regular
Gratings - 3 Days - September 13-15, 2023 990 EUR member fee (OptoNet members, members of the Regional Networks of OptecNet Germany and members of international partner networks) 1390 EUR regular
Introduction + Gratings - 5 Days - September 11-15, 2023 1450 EUR member fee (OptoNet members, members of the Regional Networks of OptecNet Germany and members of international partner networks) 2250 EUR regular
Introduction + Gratings - 5 days (for undergraduate students) - September 11-15, 2023 750 EUR participant fee (with proof of undergraduate studies)
(no VAT included according to §4 Nr. 22a UStG)
Applications are conducted through the on-line form. A confirmation email will be sent once the application has been received. The participant undertakes the responsibility to pay the invoice(s) issued for the services in advance and before the due date indicated on the invoice. Cash or cheques will not be accepted. The training fees do not cover travel, accommodation or any other costs such as health insurance. All bookings are provisional until full payment has been received and acknowledged. Provisional Bookings can be reserved for up to 2 weeks, provided that the event's maximum capacity has not been reached.
The cancellation has to be sent by email to email@example.com Before August 11: Fees will be fully reimbursed. A EUR 100 handling fee will be withheld. Until August 25: 50% of the total fee will be reimbursed. A EUR 100 handling fee will be withheld. No refunds will be made for cancellations after August 25 or for no-shows. In case a participant would not be able to attend the training, a substitute can be accepted. Training will be confirmed as soon as the minimum number of participants has been reached. All participants will receive a final confirmation. Training fees are reimbursed in case of cancellation due to force majeure or due to speakers' preventions. No compensation will be paid for any additional costs incurred.
The Program in Detail
Saturday & Sunday, September 9-10
Arrival in Jena
Monday, September 11 | Introduction
8:30 - 9:00 Welcome & registration
9:00 - 11:00 Part I - Introduction
Why do we need physical optics? The trainer will explain the philosophy behind VirtualLab Fusion
Field tracing enables fast physical optics. Key aspects of the technology will be presented to you
Building your first optical system with VirtualLab Fusion
Introduction to a flexible detector concept.
11:15 - 12:15 Part II
The role of the Fourier transformation in the simulation of diffraction
Introduction to the catalogue of algorithms for the calculation of the Fourier transformation.
Explanation of diffraction integrals and the Poisson spot
Controlling the selection of Fourier transformation algorithms, automatic selection or tailored configuration and switching diffraction on and off
Modeling of pinhole in system with low Fresnel number
Foucault’s knife-edge experiment
13:15 - 14:45 Part III
The importance of positioning
Non-sequential simulations: the Light Path Finder, the channel concept, master channels
Modeling of an etalon
Examination of sodium D lines with a Fabry-Perot etalon
Investigation of ghost image effects in collimation system
15:00 - 16:30 Part IV
Grating order channels
Lateral channels – lightguides and microlens arrays
Simulation of light propagation behind microlens array
Simulation of a Shack-Hartmann sensor
Tuesday, September 12 | Introduction
9:00 - 10:30 Part V
Advanced positioning and interferometry
Experiments with a Mach-Zehnder – complementary interference pattern caused by prism beam splitter, observation of the Gouy phase shift, generation of spatially varying polarization
10:45 - 12:15 Part VI
Connecting field solvers as the only way to tackle complex optical systems
Overview of the current catalogue of electromagnetic field solvers in VirtualLab Fusion
Abbe’s image resolution experiment
Optical system for investigation of microstructured wafer
Birefringence in calcite block, complex polarization effects in uniaxial crystals and conical refraction in biaxial crystals
Guidance to select your solver and simulation of tunnelling effect through air gap in prism beam splitter
13:15 - 14:45 Part VII
Advanced source modeling – the source mode concept
White light Michelson interferometer
Demonstration of optical tomography scanning with Michelson and partial temporal coherence
Young’s double-slit experiment with an extended source
Propagation of ultra-short pulse through high-NA lens
Simulation of Talbot effect with unpolarized light
Modeling of VCSELs and VCSEL arrays
15:00 - 16:30 Part VIII
Convenience tools and parametric optimization
Analysis and optimization of fiber-coupling set-up
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