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This nine-day online short course explains the deep, beautiful, and immensely useful theory of light for illumination. If you, as an optical engineer, wonder how light really "works" in the context of illumination, this course is for you. Practical exercises and examples are an integral part of the course. They show how the theory lets us see what can or cannot be done in illumination optics, and how the same theory guides us towards viable solutions. A basic working knowledge of optics is assumed. 

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • understand and apply the concept of étendue to practical problems
  • compute étendue even in complex cases, using illumination ray tracing software
  • connect the dots between flux, intensity, illuminance and luminance
  • determine LED luminance from common data sheet values
  • use étendue, luminance and flux information to determine feasibility from first principles and to find promising design approaches.

Attendees do not need LightTools/Lucidshape or other ray tracing software installed.


In most cases, you'll have been redirected here because you've  registered for this course with Synopsys, Inc. We gratefully acknowledge Synopsys' help with registration.

Understanding Light for Illumination (online course) Jan 8 - Jan 26, 2024

SKU: Understanding
  • This course will be held via Zoom in nine sessions, three hours each.

    Jan. 8, 10, 12, 2024 (Mon, Wed, Fri)
    Jan. 15, 17, 19, 2024 (Mon, Wed, Fri)
    Jan. 22, 24, 26, 2024 (Mon, Wed, Fri)
    All sessions at the same time of day:
    8:00 to 11:00 a.m.                Pacific, which is
    11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.       Eastern, which is
    17:00 to 20:00                       Central European

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