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National Photonics Initiative   International Year of Light 2015

OSSC Corporate Members

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Diverse Optics   FindLight

4D Technology   Guernsey Coating Labs

Micro Laser Systems   Mindrum Precision

Newport Thin Film Laboratory   Optic Systems Group

OptoSigma   Photonics Media

PI Piezo Nano Positioning   Precision Optical

Raytheon - Elcan   Reynard Corporation

Ross Optical Logo   Schott Glass

Synopsis   Trioptics 

William A Birdwell- Intellectual Property Lawyer

Uniting the Southern California Optics Community


The Optical Society of Southern California is a local section of The Optical Society (OSA) founded in 1951 to increase and disseminate knowledge of optics and allied sciences.  The Society meets monthly from October through June and also organizes regular family-friendly outreach events.  Most of our meetings and events are open to the public. Please join us and bring your friends.

Those who support our goals are invited to apply for either Individual or Corporate Membership.


4th Optical Metrology Workshop
Tuesday, 7 April 2015
11:30 am to 4:00 pm
Innovations in Optical Metrology & Manufacturing &
Demonstration of the New
TRIOPTICS ProCam Alignment & Test System

The number of attendees will be limited to 30.
To reserve your spot, please contact Oliver Lopez at or 626-962-5181 x213

UC Irvine Optical Engineering
Four On-Line Courses Open for Enrollment

Courses begin 6 April 2015

These courses are part of the Certificate Programs in:
Optical Engineering and Optical Instrument Design

OSSC Members receive a 15% discount
on courses Required for a Certificate.
(Discount does NOT apply to
Electives and Prerequisite Courses.)
Email Jennifer Spitzer with confirmed registration
to receive a discount code.

OptoBotics @ Mathobotix
Fridays  5:30 - 7:30 pm - start date: TBD

The Optics Institute of Southern California (OISC) joins with Mathobotix to present an exciting new course: OptoBotics (optics, lasers & robotics) based STEAM Open Learning Projects in this fun filled 12-week program in a special format for curious junior high school students.

More details here

Outreach Events

Family Day at the BEALL

18 April 2015
11:00am - 4:00pm

Families and children of all ages are invited to enjoy FREE, hands-on art and science activities at UC Irvine’s Family Day at the Beall.  The event offers a “kid-friendly” introduction to new media art relating to the Beall Center’s current exhibit, as well as presentations, hands-on activities, and more.

OSSC, OISC, UC Irvine Photonics Society and others will have demonstrations and presentations at this event.

The Beall Center for Art + Technology
The Claire Trevor School of the Arts
UCI campus, Building 712 Arts Plaza.
(UCI Campus Map)

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Volunteers needed - check back here for more details.


April 24, 25 & 26, 2015

OSSC, OISC and others will join Vital Link of OC and its partners in taking the lead in connecting students to career options in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and Arts related professions.  The program brings together student work, industry demonstrations and exhibits, college connections, and nonprofit volunteer opportunities to use their skills today to build a resume.

88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, California 92626

Volunteers needed - check back here for more details.


8 April 2015
College of Optical Sciences at University of Arizona:
50 years of Excellence

James Wyant
James Wyant
Founding Dean, College of Optical Sciences
University of Arizona

Hosted by:

Reception: 6:00
Dinner: 7:00 ($25 if registered by April 5, $30 after, OSSC student members free thru April 5, $30 after)
Presentation: 8:00


Researchers Demonstrate First DASER Light Suppression Device

DASER Image 


1 April 2015: Researcher in Southern California announced the first demonstration of the DASER light suppression device. DASER stands for Dark Attenuation and Suppression of Environmental Radiation and works using the principles of wide-field incoherent destructive interference.  Energy conservation is achieved by an emitter in the back of the device causing some researchers to describe it as a vacuum cleaner for photons. Operating over the visible spectrum, the DASER can extinguish light over an area as large 50 centimeters in diameter (about 20 inches); work is being done to extend the area. Multiple DASERs can also be used in parallel as long as field overlap is avoided. The military is interested in the device as a way to conduct night combat operations during the day and law enforcement considers it as a practical way to suppress building light in field operations. Who knows, the DASER might even allow sports fans to enjoy night games during the day... Read More



Darrell Eugene Burch
(3 October 1929 - 12 January 2015)

OSSC Member Dr. Darrell E. Burch passed away peacefully on January 12, 2015 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.  Darrell was born on October 3, 1929 and raised in rural Ohio.  After becoming the first in his family to go to college, Darrell received his Ph.D in physics at the Ohio State University and had a distinguished career as a research physicist at Ford Aeronutronics in Newport Beach.  His principal interest centered on optical transmission in the atmosphere, with a particular interest in carbon monoxide and dioxide absorption. His famous 1962 paper of detailed measurements of carbon dioxide absorption was used to support the theory of global warming.. Read More

New Members

Individual Members
Junichi Adachi
Christopher Birdsell
Michael Fuksa
William Hicks
Adrian Hoyle
Sal Karbasi
Enrique Lopez
William Lotherington
Nicholas LoVullo
Edward Nelk
Shaildhish Rai
Jason Tyler
Brandyn Way
Bryan Williams
Daniel Winters

Corporate Members
Dan Sasaki, Panavision
Robert Smythe, Äpre Instruments

We value your membership and appreciate your support!

Last update:  1 April 2015