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Re: Optica?

  • Subject: [mg1140] Re: Optica?
  • From: Gwinn at sud2.ed.ray.com (Joe Gwinn)
  • Date: Wed, 17 May 1995 04:09:20 -0400
  • Apparently-to: mathgroup-send at christensen.cybernetics.net
  • Organization: Raytheon

In article <3omv7g$23f at news0.cybernetics.net>, nevadatk at sierra.net (Tony
Kruse) wrote:

> Does anyone out there have experiece with Optica?  Do you know of any
> reference material available for Optica?
> 
> Tony Kruse
> MacKruse at eworld.com
> nevadatk at sierra.net
> 
> -- 
> Tony Kruse
> nevadatk at sierra.net
> MacKruse at eworld.com

Optica has a predecessor called lenslab, written by the same person. 
Lanslab can be gotten from Wolfram's MathSource web page.  Lenslab is of
the same 
general design, but much less comprehensive than Optica.  I have Optica 
and have read the manual, but havent as yet used it for anything.  My 
impression is that one must understand Optica fairly well to use it, 
and one must be suspicious of it's results.  The manual had a number 
of examples of grossly erroneous results until one turned this or that 
arcane control on.

Joe Gwinn


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