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Optical Theory

Course Overview

This course is intended for non-optical users who need or want to learn the basics of optical theory. 

In this course, you will get familiarized with some basic notions in optics that will allow you to understand how our simulation software work. 

You will learn about the different methods used to measure and analyze the visual spectrum such as radiometry, photometry and colorimetry, and how the human eye perceives light. 

You will also find a help sheet listing the formulas used to calculate light.


  • A technical education and background but an engineering degree is not required.

Target Audience

Non-Optical background users, Mechanical Engineers and Designers for automotive or lighting industries.

Teaching Method

Lectures Only

Learning Path

Learning Outcome

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

  • Learn what is the light.
  • Know how the light interacts with the environment. 
  • Learn about the magnitudes in optics.
  • Know how the light and colors are perceived.

 Available Dates

Current, no Training Dates available.

Learning Options

Training materials for this course are available with a Ansys Learning Hub Subscription. If there is no active public schedule available, private training can be arranged. Please contact us.



This is a day classroom course covering lectures. For virtual training, this course is covered over 4 x 2-hour sessions lectures only.

Virtual Classroom Session 1

  • Module 01: Light
  • Module 02: Basic Concepts

Virtual Classroom Session 2

  • Module 03: Radiometry and Photometry

Virtual Classroom Session 3

  • Module 04: Human Vision

Virtual Classroom Session 4

  • Module 05: Colorimetry