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Ansys Fundamentals of Optics
(Self-paced Learning Available)

Course Overview

The impact and reach of optical systems is growing; they have a place in many exciting industries and applications. Autonomous vehicles, medical imaging devices, and augmented and virtual reality devices are just a taste of the innovations made possible with optical systems.

Presented by Zemax and Edmund Optics, the Ansys Fundamentals of Optics training series is designed for professionals in scientific fields who need to work with optical systems. Course material does not assume any prior knowledge in the field of optics.

Teaching Method

This is a self-paced course covering lectures and demonstrations. A training certificate is provided to all attendees who complete the course.

Learning Outcome

Following completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define the basic properties of light and how it interacts with other objects.
  • Interpret simple ray diagrams.
  • Define optical system requirements and describe how they affect system performance.
  • Identify factors limiting optical performance.
  • State the optical aberrations and their effects on real systems.
  • List sources of error in manufacturing and assembly and describe how they can affect system performance.

 Available Dates

Currently, no training dates available

Self-paced Learning

Complete a class on your own schedule at your own pace. Scope is equivalent to Instructor led classes. Includes video lecture, workshops and input files. All our Self-Paced video courses are only available with an Ansys Learning Hub subscription.


This self-paced course will take you through a set of 6 courses as indicated below.

  • Introduction to Optics
  • Fundamental Parameters of Optical Systems
  • Understanding Optical Specifications
  • Real World Performance
  • Software Design of Optical Systems
  • Best Practices of Optical Design