Hi, is it possible to use Mathcad for optical ray tracing? I am able to do the ABCD gaussian beam propagation but wish to visualise the rays i.e. bouncing off mirrors.
I am running Mathcad 15
Only if you write a worksheet (or worksheets) to do it. That is possible (in fact, I know someone that has done it) but it would be a huge amount of work. If you can't afford a full blown ray tracing program you can get a free version of the OSLO software here: http://www.sinopt.com/. It's restricted to 10 surfaces (and I think sequential ray tracing only), but maybe that's all you need.
Perhaps this book will be interesting to you: http://communities.ptc.com/docs/DOC-1603
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I have a Mathcad Worksheet I wrote years ago that defines all the standard ABCD matrices and many other functions that simply both Gaussian beam propagation and clasical ray tracing calculations. I attache the current version below. Any comments or especially bug reports are appreciated.
I wrote a Mathcad worksheet years ago for an acoustic lens system. It works equally well for optical lens systems once you adjust the refractive indices. I have attached a copy in Mathcad 14 format. The attached XMCD file is for a 5 lens system, but you should be able to adapt it to any number of lenses needed.