OpticalRayTracer iconOpticalRayTracer 3.2

Free, sophisticated, and cross-platform virtual optical bench
OpticalRayTracer is a very portable Java program that will allow you to analyze and model systems of lenses. OpticalRayTracer accurately models the physics of lenses, including the effect known as dispersion.

But perhaps the most remarkable thing about OpticalRayTracer is that it updates and displays complex ray tracing paths in real time, as the user moves virtual lenses around on a virtual optical bench.

This allows the user to very quickly learn the behavior of a system of lenses, compare, experiment, and just play.

OpticalRayTracer places its configuration file in a directory it creates, so your settings and choices are preserved. This directory is located at #userdir# on your machine, and it contains a configuration file named "OpticalRayTracer.ini" containing quite a lot of detailed information unique to your use of the program.

OpticalRayTracer has significant educational potential in the teaching of basic optical principles, and it has some entertaining and game-like behaviors to hold the student's attention.

last updated on:
January 9th, 2013, 17:30 GMT
file size:
230 KB
developed by:
Paul Lutus
license type:
operating system(s):
Mac OS X
binary format:
Universal Binary
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What's New in This Release:
  • At the suggestion of a user, added an option to rotate light beams with respect to the X origin rather than the X target plane, increased the beam rotation rate of change when adjusted using the mouse wheel, fixed additional small bugs.
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