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The Optical Society (OSA)   SPIE

The Optics Institute   :The Photonics Society

National Photonics Initiative   International Year of Light 2015

Website Sponsors

AEH Optomechanical Engineering   Cambridge Technology

Diverse Optics   FindLight

4D Technology   Guernsey Coating Labs

Micro Laser Systems   Mindrum Precision

Newport Thin Film Laboratory   Ohara Corporation

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.


Polls Are Open!
Your Vote Counts!

Active Members please vote for
OSSC officers for the 2015-2016 active period.

- Candidate Bios Available During On-line Voting -

Polls Close June 17 at Noon!

Results will be announced at the June 17 Meeting.

It's also membership renewal time.
If your membership expires in June,
please renew today.


UC Irvine Optical Engineering
Five On-Line Courses for this summer

Courses begin 6 July 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.

Lasers & Photonics Open house
Friday 12 June, 5 - 7 pm
Saturday 20 June, 11 am - 1 pm
Friday 10 July, 5 - 7 pm
Saturday 18 July, 11 am - 1 pm

For more information contact:  or  949-282-2706

Details will be coming soon.


Help Sparky meet lots of kids

At our May OSSC Meeting it was announced that we are raising funds to help secure the donation of "Sparky" the robot to our outreach partners at Vital Link of Orange County.  They provide Career Exploration programs to local schools.  For the last year they have included our "What is Light?" hands-on exhibit.

You can learn more about "Sparky" on the new OptoBotics website and make a Donation to help.


Welcome New Members

Website Sponsors
Robert Lee, Ohara Corporation

Corporate Members
Jim Fisher & Robin Swain, Newport Corporation

Individual Members
Ken Canfield
Nina Davoudzadeh
Michelle Digman
Cory Hague
Michelle Hauer
Laurent Hoffmann
Adrian Hoyle
Peter Jeffery
Jordan Jur
Taryn Kaufmam
Joseph May
Samantha Montenegro
Rick Ruotolo
Elliot Stiglic

Seth Wieman

James Wyant

We value your membership and appreciate your support!

Next Meeting

17 June 2015

Annual Business Meeting
& Election Results
followed by a presentation on
An Evolvable Space Telescope For Future Astronomical Missions
Ron Polidan
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

6:00  Reception, Social Hour
7:00  Dinner
8:00  Business Meeting and Presentation

Dinner Cost: $35 ($45 for registration after 15 June)
OSSC student members: FREE ($15 after 15 June)

Presentation without meal is FREE

Download the flyer to share with friends and colleagues

Recent Meeting

20 May 2015

Photonic Signal Processing for Optical Communications Receivers

Dr. Antonio Mendez

Pulse position modulation is a power efficient data communication scheme, but modulation/demodulation is difficult to implement at high data rates or throughputs.  Mendez R&D Associates addresses this problem by means of photonic signal processing, including time-to-space mapping (which produces a virtual focal plane array).  This talk describes the modulation/demodulation strategy and means to translate the virtual focal plane array into an output data stream.

Recent Outreach Events

Recent Outreach Events

Last update:  26 May 2015