Introduction to APEX

Introduction To APEX

This tutorial provides an introduction to using the APEX optical design and analysis program, with hands-on exercises, demonstrations, and lectures. Students follow the APEX workflow procedure to design and analyze a variety of illumination and imaging systems.

Course Overview

Students learn to apply the 4-Step workflow to accurately design and analyze common illumination systems, such as conic reflectors, lightpipes, and CPCs. The integrated SolidWorks(r) CAD capabilities can be used to generate a wide range of system components. APEX Wizard's are introduced for adding light sources -- such as LEDs -- to system models, and for creating high-accuracy optical geometry -- such as aspheres. Course materials based on theory as well as practical experience are used to drive corresponding hands-on practice sessions. Students learn how to perform radiometric and photometric analyses to assess the performance of optical systems.

Course Outline

  • Overview of the 4-Step Process
  • Creating geometry in CAD
  • Creating geometry using the Optical Manager
  • Applying optical properties
  • Refraction, reflection, absorption, and scatter
  • Basic radiometry and photometry
  • Total internal reflection
  • Fresnel reflection and transmission
  • Designing conic reflectors
  • Faceting reflectors
  • Designing geometry for reuse
  • CPCs, prisms, lenses

Familiarity with geometric and optical concepts is helpful but not required.

This Introductory Tutorial is a four-day course limited to 16 participants.

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"BRO's tutorial on Volumetric Scatter and Fluorescence was EXCELLENT! Informative lectures and hands-on sessions demonstrated how ASAP can be used to model these processes."

Chris Bonnerup
Research Instructor, East Carolina University

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