Getting started

Start here if you are new to Finesse or interferometer simulations in general. The pages below will guide you through the installation process, briefly detail the main concepts required for running a simulation, and walk you through a number of worked examples to help you get used to using Finesse.

Users coming from Finesse 2 may wish to also read the migration guide to understand what’s different and new.

More advanced users will find the Using Finesse section a good starting point, and those looking for a deeper understanding of the approach used by Finesse to simulate interferometers will find the Physics of Finesse section useful.