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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 the 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 November 2017 OSSC Newsletter
is now available for download!

November Newsletter

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 Laserphaco 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.

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

Professional Education

Optical Engineering & Optical Instrument Design

Check back here soon for Winter 2018 courses that begin in early January.

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.

Download Flyer Here

Mirror Technology Days 2017

14 to 16 November 2017

Northrop-Grumman Aerospace Systems
Presentation Center

One Space Park
Redondo Beach, CA

The workshop is managed and organized by SPIE.
The Optical Society of Southern California is the local host.

JWST spacecraft

Tech Days annually summarizes the USA Government's investment strategies and activities in developing technology for any application which requires optical components including: telescopes, imaging systems, seeker/trackers, high-energy laser systems, and solar energy.  Technology investment efforts in optical materials; substrate design & manufacture; optical fabrication and metrology technology; optical coatings; wavefront sensing and control via adaptive optics; and nano-technology imaging technologies will be presented.

Event Details & Registration

Recent OSSC Meetings

Wednesday 8 November 2017

"Next Generation Fiber Optic Connectors"
Dr. Yang Chen
Sr. Member of Technical Staff
nanoPrecision Products

Abstract:  In modern telecommunications (telecom) and data communications (datacom) networks, optical interconnects are essential to achieve ever increasing data rates exceeding 100 Gbps.  Datacom, telecom, and FTTP (Fiber to the Premises) all require new fiber termination technology to reduce cost and improve performance for a massive deployment of optical fiber into our network and computer architectures.  nanoPrecision Products’ (nPP) high precision forming technology is producing single-fiber and multi-fiber metallic ferrules to sub-micron tolerances, which provide connectors with extremely good performance.  nPP’s novel metal ferrule and the elimination of epoxy now permits the development of novel laser-based factory termination processes, including laser end face finishing, to replace the current costly and time consuming mechanical polishing of optical fiber end faces.  nPP’s precision stamped clamshell ferrule approach can also be used for a very low loss single and multi-fiber mechanical splice and cable restoration for simplified field installation and maintenance.

Venue:  The Proud Bird
11022 Aviation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045

(310) 670-3093

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Wednesday 11 October 2017

“Imaging” the Invisible World:
Mars, Meteorites and Terrestrial Environments

Mars2020 SHERLOC Instrument Team

Rohit Bhartia, Ph.D. & Luther Beegle, Ph.D.
Planetary Science Division, JPL/NASA/Caltech

Lauren Deflores, Ph.D. & Brian Monacelli, Ph.D.
Instrument Division, JPL/NASA/Caltech

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

Friends of the OSSC Events

Upcoming Ventura OSA Meeting

Tuesday 21 November 2017

Optical Fabrication and Metrology for the Thirty Meter Telescope Primary Mirror Segments
Glen Cole
Lead Optical Fabrication Engineer
Thirty Meter Telescope Project

Thirty Meter Telescope

Advanced Spectral Technology, Inc.
94 W Cochran St Suite A
Simi Valley, CA 93065

6:00 pm:  Mixing and Stand Up Dinner
7:00 pm:  Speaker

$20 donation on site

Registration & Information:
Contact Robert Mendenhall

Recent Event: Mount Wilson 100-Inch
Telescope Celebrated 100 Years!

Saturday 4 November 2017
2:00 PM TO 10:00 PM

The Observatory's historic telescope was open to the public. Docents were on hand to to talk about how the now historic instrument ushered in the modern era of astrophysics and revolutionized our understanding of the universe.

4:00 PM Museum Talk on 100-inch Telescope

Berkeley astronomy professor Alex Filippenko gave a talk in the museum auditorium on the 100-inch telescope.

Last update:  14 Nov 2017
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