LightPipes: beam propagation toolbox for MatLab and MathCAD

LightPipes is a set of software tools for simulation of propagation, diffraction and interference of coherent light. Algorithms are based on  the scalar theory of diffraction. The toolbox includes  spectral, FFT-based and finite-difference based  propagation models. Special tools have been  developedd for the propagation through lenses with coordinate transforms, simulation of any combination of Zernike aberrations, mode analysis in laser resonators, interferometers, inverse problems, waveguides and propagation in media with non-uniform distribution of refraction index.    


slit0slit1LightPipes for *NIX

In April 1999 OKO released the source code of LightPipes under GNU GPL.

Source code of Light Pipes 1.2 for Unix.

This source was written for Unix, it compiles by any C compiler. The simplest way to create the package in its original form is to put it into a separate folder on a Unix/Linux computer (Cygwin under Windows works as well) and  type "make".  Then go to the examples directory and run scripts. Then read the manual.  Reading the manual first helps.

Online manual


LightPipes port to MathCAD and MatLab

LightPipes is also availbale as toolbox either for MathCAD or for MatLab (click here for more details). Free demo versions and manual can be downloaded here.


LightPipes for Python

LightPipes is also availbale as a package for Python. Free full version can be downloaded here.


LightPipes turbulence simulation module

A  module for generating of Kolmogorov phase screen with different strength integrates smoothly into LightPipes for MATLAB framework and can be used to simulate light propagation under turbulent atmospheric conditions. Some sample images obtained for different values of Fried's coherence length are shown below (simulation area size 15 cm, gaussian beam width 8 cm, wavelength is 633 nm, propagation length 2 km, left image without turbulence, other with r0=6 cm, 3 cm, 2cm, 1.5 cm and 0.5 cm).