Gratings and Lens LiveScriptΒΆ

There are a number of ways to use OTSLM including traditional Matlab scripts, graphical user interfaces (.mlapp files) and live scripts. Live scripts offer a method of adding graphical user interface components (widgets) to your script to allow users to easily change script parameters, see for example Fig. 22. They are a far simpler method for providing a graphical user interface experience compared to developing a Matlab application. Additionally, they can be used to generate formatted output.

image of a widget

Fig. 22 Screenshot showing two different types of widgets that can be created in a live script.

The live script can be used to generate PDF and HTML output files, see here for an example.

At this stage we have provided a single example of using a live script to control OTSLM: examples.liveScripts.GratingAndLens. This live script demonstrates the basics of using OTSLM to generate a pattern, simulate the far-field and display the image using a screen device. The pattern generation and simulation functionality is normal Matlab code except for the addition of various widgets for controlling/setting different options. The major difference between live scripts and traditional scripts is how they interact with otslm.utils.ScreenDevice.

Setting up a ScreenDevice in a live script takes a bit more work than usual. Live scripts have their own non-visible figure object for plotting. When we show the ScreenDevice window, a new visible figure object is created. After we show the ScreenDevice window for the first time we need to tell the live script to use the old figure for internal plots, otherwise it will replace the ScreenDevice output every time we change a slider value. To achieve this, we use the following section of code

if 0 == exist('sd', 'var') || ~ishandle(sd.figure_handle)
    sd = otslm.utils.ScreenDevice(1, 'size', sz,...
        'pattern_type', 'phase', 'prescaledPatterns', true);

    % Get the figure handle for the livescript
    % We need to do this to make ScreenDevice run correctly
    figureHandle = gcf();

    % Show the ScreenDevice figure;

    % Change back to the liveScript figure handle
    % This also needs to be done if we click on another figure
    set(0, 'CurrentFigure', figureHandle);