Photon Engineering announces new FRED optical engineering software

Oct. 16, 2008
Date Announced: 16 Oct 2008 Photon Engineering, LLC announces Release 7.100.0 of its optical engineering software FRED 7.x series. FRED is an advanced 3D CAD optical engineering software program capable of simulating the propagation of light through virtually any optical/illumination system.The FRED Optimum release features Photon Engineering’s new non-sequential hybrid optimizer. Both the FRED Optimum and Standard editions feature new and revised glass and lens catalogs with absorption and extend the Coherent Field Synthesis capabilities to the scripting language. In addition, both scalar and vector fields can now be computed on any Analysis Surface and this release adds a method of interfacing with Lumerical's FDTD Solutions. The new hybrid optimization capability in FRED Optimum analyzes and designs unique solutions ranging from simple coupling problems to sophisticated lightpipe design to hybrid LED-based reflector design. FRED’s new hybrid general optimization algorithm is non-sequential, allows for multiple targets, has fractional weighting capability to link variables and utilizes several built-in merit functions plus a user-defined scripted merit function for unusual tasks. The hybrid algorithm has the full capability to optimize surfaces created directly in FRED or imported from Computer Aided Design software as Non-Uniform Rational Basis Splines (NURBS). This version adds the Chengdu, Hikari and Sumita glass catalogs, and includes an updated Schott glass catalog. The Lens catalogs are also revised to include the latest lenses from the Edmunds, Newport, Melles Griot, JML and OptoSigma catalogs.Photon Engineering, LLC is a privately held company based in Tucson, AZ, and was founded in 1997. Photon Engineering is committed to providing the highest quality optical engineering services and software to its customers. Photon Engineering has provided premier engineering services to hundreds of customers world-wide on a very wide range of optics-related projects including light pipes, illumination systems, LCD projectors, backlights, space satellite systems, laser scanners, tactical optics, zoom lenses, and more. For more information contact [email protected] or visit the company’s Web site at

Michael Gauvin Photon Engineering, LLC Ph: 520-733-9557

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