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Welcome New Members

OSSC welcomes New Individual and Corporate
Members who joined (or rejoined) in the last 60 days.

We value your membership
and appreciate your support!

Uniting the Southern California Optics Community

The Optical Society of Southern California was founded in 1951 to increase and disseminate the knowledge of optics and closely allied sciences and to promote the mutual interests of investigators, organizations, teachers and students in these fields.
The Society is a local section of the The Optical Society (OSA) and typically meets on the second Wednesday of each month from October through June.  Most of our meetings are open to the public.  Those interested in promoting our goals are urged to apply for either Individual or Corporate Membership.

Images Newsletter

The June 2017 OSSC Newsletter
is now available for download:

New OSSC 2017/2018
Board of Directors

Congratulations to OSSC's officers for 2017-2018!

President - Bo Wang
Vice President - Nicholas Croglio
Secretary - Norma Adachi
Treasurer - Matt Samson
Councilor - Greg Klotz
Councilor - Kevin Romero
Councilor - Harvey Spencer

Important positions on the OSSC Board remain unfilled.  If you would like to assist, please contact Bo Wang.

Optics News

Pat Bath

OSSC Member Patricia Bath has been recognized by TIME Magazine 9/19/17 (click to view) as The First person to invent Laser Cataract Surgery!

UNESCO announces International Day of Light!

16 May | The International Day of Light

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced its intention to proclaim an annual International Day of Light at their meeting on  November 2017.  The first celebration will take place on 16 May 2018.  Both OSA and SPIE support the event... read more.

International Year of Light 2015 Final Report is also available on the OSSC website.

Professional Education

Optical Engineering & Optical Instrument Design

Three (3) Fall courses begin in mid-Sept:

                   Intro to Lens Design
                   Optical Systems Engineering
                   Intro to Lasers

These courses are part of the Certificate Programs in:
15% discount for OSSC Members on courses
Required for a Certificate.
(Discount does NOT apply to the above two
Electives and Prerequisite Courses.)

Jennifer Mortensen
with confirmed OSSC Membership
to receive discount code.

Laser and Photonics Technology instructors lead hands-on, laboratory-driven classes, utilizing state-of-the-art industrial equipment, based on the industry-guided photonics curricula written by industry professionals. In addition to laboratory skills, students are offered one-on-one support and career advice, including résumé and LinkedIn profile building. 

IVC Photonics is located at the
ATEP campus in Tustin, CA
For Information Contact:
Prof. Desiré Whitmore, Ph.D.

Upcoming OSSC Meeting

Wednesday, 11 October 2017
2020 Mars Rover Instrumentation
Mars2020 SHERLOC Instrument Team

Hosted by JPL

SHERLOC - NASA Mars Instrument

Abstract: The next Mars mission is scheduled to launch in 2020. This mission includes a roving platform with a suite of spectroscopic and imaging instruments that will be used to explore the surface and near subsurface of Mars with the expressed goal to search for potential biosignatures. One of the instruments, SHERLOC, is an arm-mounted deep UV fluorescence and Raman spectrometer that enables non-contact, spatially resolved, high sensitivity detection and characterization of organics and minerals. This talk will briefly discuss the overall mission, how the development of SHERLOC took shape, as well as present a view through the instrument on how we use this instrument to understand whether there are possible signatures of life on Mars.

JPL Von Karman Auditorium
4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109
(Inform the guard station that you are attending the OSSC
meeting in Von Karman)

Reception:  6:00
Dinner:  7:00
Talk:  8:00

Please Register by Sunday, 8 October, 2017
(Registration coming soon!)

Recent OSSC Meeting

Wednesday 14 June 2017
OSSC Annual Business Meeting and
Superresolution Microscopy:
What is it, how far can it go, and did my professors mislead me?


Recent OSA Ventura
Section Meeting

Tuesday 12 September 2017
Biophotonics: an Evolving Technology in
Clinical Diagnostics and
Health Care Monitoring

Babak Shadgan MD, MSc, PhD

CVOSA 370912

The new era in medical diagnostic techniques moves from bench to bedside at an extremely rapid rate.  Among the state-of-the-art technologies, Biophotonics & Optics present novel applications in medical diagnostics, In his talk, Dr. Sadgan, a clinician and a biophotonics technology developer, will touch some novel applications of optical engineering in clinical diagnostics.

Last update:  15 Sept 2017
Added Meeting Image & Abstract; Pat Bath News