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Understanding Light for Illumination (online course) July 15 - Aug 2, 2024

Understanding Light for Illumination (online course) July 15 - Aug 2, 2024

SKU: Understanding

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.

  • Dates and times

    This course will be held via Zoom in nine sessions, three hours each.

    Jul. 15, 17, 19, 2024 (Mon, Wed, Fri)
    Jul. 22, 24, 26, 2024 (Mon, Wed, Fri)
    Jul. 29, 31, Aug. 2, 2024 (Mon, Wed, Fri)
    All sessions at 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

  • Zoom / Hardware / Software

    The course is held via Zoom. Meeting invitations including the Zoom link will be sent out well in time before the courses starts. We recommend to participate using the Zoom Desktop client, the connection tends to be more stable than with just a browser (which works also). It is not a must, but greatly appreciated, if you have a working web cam: The course is much more lively and interactive when we see each other. A second monitor is also a good idea, to show the main window with the course material on one screen and the participants, the chat and other stuff on a secondary monitor.

  • Applicable discounts

    When you book all four courses together here, you will receive a 10% discount compared to individual prices.

    When two or more persons from the same company book any course, the second, third etc. person will receive a 60% discount. Effectively, that means an overall 30% discount for two, an overall 40% discount for three persons etc. Please contact us at to receive a discount code.

    There is a small number of seats on each course reserved for students or faculty members, at a substantial case-by-case discount. Please contact us at to discuss.

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