Modeling Laser Beam Propagation in OpticStudio


Learn the key steps in modeling laser beam propagation in OpticStudio. Discover what tools are available, how to set up, analyze laser beam propagation, and optimize for the smallest beam size in a simple singlet lens system in OpticStudio Sequential Mode.
Estimated time to complete: 5 hours


Part 1: Gaussian beam theory and ray-based approach

This section starts with an overview of Gaussian beam theory and the terms and conventions used by OpticStudio. It sets up an example to show how to optimize a laser beam focusing system using geometric ray-based approach.


Part 2: Using the Paraxial Gaussian Beam analysis

This section introduces the Paraxial Gaussian Beam analysis tool. It shows how to set up the analysis to optimize for the smallest laser beam size.


Part 3: Using Physical Optics Propagation to model Gaussian beams

This last section introduces the Physical Optics Propagation (POP) tool. It discusses how to set up POP and use it to find the best focus of the laser beam.

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