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National Photonics Initiative
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Welcome Members
Welcome New Members

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

We value your membership
and appreciate your support!

OSSC Election Results

Congratulations to our newly elected
OSSC Board of Directors
for the
2021-2022 active period

President: Martin Seilonen
Vice President: John Nunn
Secretary: Alex Small
Treasurer: Martin  Hagenbuechle

Felicitas Hernandez
Brian Monacelli
Harvey Spencer

Past President: Kevin Romero

Thank you Kevin and the rest of the leadership team for an outstanding year during challenging times!

Professional Education

UCI DCE Optics 10 yrs logo
The following courses are part of Certificate Programs in:
Optical Engineering and Optical Instrument Design
There was an Information Session - Monday 19 August
OSSC Fellow Donn Silberman was the guest speaker.
Fall 2021 courses begin in Late September:
Go to the links above to learn more about the courses and programs.
15% discount for OSSC Members on courses
Required for a Certificate.
Email:  Kadie Heck
with confirmed OSSC Membership
to receive discount code.

Pasadena City College
Laser Technology  Program

The first PCC LaserTech student cohort begins this Fall 2021 semester! Students completing the program in Laser Technology will learn the scientific principles of optics, fiber-optics, and lasers. 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.

In Memoriam

The links below honor OSSC members
that have passed away.

Thomas I Harris ORA Founder

Robert E Fischer Aug 2020

  Charles Gaugh Oct 2020

Antonio Mendez May 2020 

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Other SoCal Webinars

So Cal Chapt American Vacuum Society invites OSSC Members to SCCAVS Annual Symposium
Vendor Exhibits Sept. 28, 2021
Short Courses Sept 27--29,2021
Information & Registration 

New England Section  invites OSSC Members to Free Webinar
October 21, 2021 at 4:00pm PDT
"Taking of K-129: Inside Story of CIA's Project Azorian"
Josh Dean, Speaker

Information and Registration

Recent OSSC Meeting

OSSC Online Webinar
June 9, 2021, 7:00pm

Versatile Diffractive Flat Optics

Prof. Rajesh Menon,
Dir. Lab. for Optical Nanotechnologies

Univ. Utah,
Salt Lake City

Traditional refractive lenses are bulky owing to their curvature. Flat diffractive lenses can overcome this difficulty, but traditional diffractive optics have limited reach, primarily due to chromaticity. Recently, we have shown that by treating the “imaging” phenomenon as simply information transfer from the object to the image plane, the spatial distribution of the phase in the focal plane can be an arbitrary function.


Using this concept, we have shown that allowing the phase in the image plane of a flat lens to be a free parameter enables imaging properties of unprecedented versatility in flat, multilevel diffractive lenses (MDLs).


Our research group has demonstrated binary multi-level diffraction lenses in three high performance categories: super-achromatic lenses in three wavelength regions (8-12um 0.45-1 um, 1.5-150 um), high NA of 0.9 of at 0.85um, and extreme depth of focus (5mm to 1200mm).


We believe that our inverse-designed flat MDLs, which can be manufactured using low-cost imprinting techniques, could prove widely applicable—especially where weight and restricted form factor are important considerations, as in aerospace and airborne imaging as well as augmented and virtual reality displays.

Recent OSSC Meetings

OSSC Online Webinar, Thursday May 20, 2021, 6:30pm

“Redefining precision laser optics with substrate-transferred crystalline coatings”

Dr. Garrett Cole, Technology Manager,

Thorlabs Crystalline Solutions


Substrate-transferred crystalline coatings are a groundbreaking new concept in optical interference coatings, leveraging a combination of semiconductor materials and microfabrication techniques with super-polished bulk optics technologies.

       These coatings are generated via a unique manufacturing process entailing separate crystal growth, microfabrication, and direct bonding that yields single-crystal coatings on arbitrary—including curved—optical surfaces. These “semiconductor supermirrors” were first demonstrated in 2013 with the key advantage being the ability to achieve ultralow levels of both optical and elastic losses.

        With continuous refinement in production and metrology, we have reduced the scatter + absorption losses to < 5 parts per million (ppm) for near-IR wavelengths spanning 1064 to 1560 nm, enabling a cavity finesse exceeding 300,000 (mirror reflectance > 99.999%). In this spectral range, crystalline coatings are now fully competitive with ion beam sputtered films, while simultaneously yielding a significant reduction in Brownian thermal noise, a fundamental limitation in the stability of laser-based precision measurement systems including gravitational wave detectors and cavity-stabilized lasers for optical atomic clocks.

       Additional advantages of these novel monocrystalline coatings include record-low-levels of mid-infrared optical losses, as well as an exceptionally high thermal conductivity for an ultralow-loss optical interference stack. Looking ahead, we see a bright future for crystalline coatings in applications requiring the ultimate levels of optomechanical and thermal performance.


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Updated: 4 September 2020
Added 8 September VOSA Meeting