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National Photonics Initiative
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Äpre Instruments
Cambridge Technology
Diverse Optics
e-Las Americas
4D Technology
Guernsey Coating Labs
Hadland Imaging
Infinite Optics

Mahr Metrology
Micro Laser Systems
Mindrum Precision
Newport Thin Film Labs
Ohara Corporation
Optic Systems Group
Optikos Corporation
Photonics Media
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Raytheon - Elcan
Raytheon SAS
Reynard Corporation
Schott North America
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!

2019 - 2020 Election Results

Congratulations New Officers!!
Vote Today!
President:  Bo Wang
Vice President:  Charles Gaugh
Secretary:  Stan Klyza
Treasurer:  Martin Hagenbuechle
Councilors:  Anthony Oceguera, Russell Rauch
& Kevin Romero
The OSSC would love for you to join our leadership team.  Planning for the next active period begins soon.  If you would like to help, please contact OSSC President Bo Wang.

Images Newsletter

Images LogoThe June 2019 Edition of OSSC's Images Newsletter is now available for download.

Professional Education

UCI DCE Optics 10 yrs logo
The following courses are part of Certificate Programs in:
Optical Engineering and Optical Instrument Design
Information Session - Monday 19 August - Noon - 1 pm.
OSSC Fellow Donn Silberman was the guest speaker.
Fall 2019 courses begin in early October:
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:  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 Laser Technology is located on the
IDEA at the ATEP campus in Tustin, CA
For Information Contact:
Prof. Brian Monacelli, Ph.D.

Recent VOSA Meeting

Tuesday 10 September
The Development & Application of Advanced Nanofabrication Techniques in the KNI at Caltech
VOSA 190910 Meeting
Matthew Hunt,
California Institute of Technology
Abstract:  The Kavli Nanoscience Institute (KNI) is located at the California Institute of Technology.  Through its programs and technical facilities, the KNI supports and enables fundamental research at the frontiers of electronics, photonics, quantum matter & technology, medical engineering, bioengineering, and sustainability.  A core mission of the KNI is to push the state of the art beyond what is currently possible in nanofabrication. To this end, the KNI strategically acquires new instrumentation with leading edge nanofabrication and metrology capabilities for its multi-user cleanrooms and labs, enabling its members to engage in the rapid prototyping and rigorous characterization of nanodevices.  Managed by full-time technical staff and available for use by researchers at Caltech and other academic, government and industrial institutions, the KNI Laboratory is equipped for — and dedicated to — exploring the limits of nanofabrication.  This talk will revolve around two main components: (1) Describing the kinds of nanofabrication techniques – some conventional by the standards of the field, some innovative – that are utilized across the lab's primary areas of lithography, etching, deposition, and microscopy; and (2) Providing an overview of several devices made in the lab, showing how they are fabricated and what they are used for, to give the audience a sense for how the KNI's researchers are contributing to the many fields that intersect with nanoscience.
Venue:  California Lutheran University

Upcoming OSSC Meeting

Wednesday 9 October
Tours of and Update on the
James Webb Space Telescope

Dr. Jon Arenberg
JWST Tours at NGST:  5:00
(Groups every 20 minutes, meet at NGST Parking Lot)
Click for Northrop visitor
authorization for JWST Tour

(unfortunately, Foreign Nationals no longer permitted
on tour of JWST
Networking & Social Hour:  6:00
Dinner:  7:00
Members:  $35 before 3 October, $40 after,
Non-Members:  $40 before 3 October, $45 after,
OSSC Student Members:  $10 before 3 October, $20 after
Presentation:  8:00
Venue:  Ayres Hotel
14400 Hindry Avenue, Hawthorne

Upcoming SCCAVS Event

Tuesday 1 October
Southern California Chapter of
the American Vacuum Society
Annual Equipment Exhibition, Short Course Program, and Student Poster Session
2019 October SCCAVS Event
Learn about the latest advances in vacuum products, technology, and science.  Network with other key players in the Southern California technical community.
Venue:  Holiday Inn
7000 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park 90620
(714) 522-7000
Attendance to the Exhibition is Free!
Equipment Exhibition   12:00 - 6:00 pm, Grand Ballroom
Free Lunch   12:00 - 1:30 pm
Complementary Refreshments   4:00 - 6:00 pm
Raffle for a Hi Tech item   5:00 pm
Short Course Registration Form
(SCCAVS has extended a $75 Member Discount
for OSSC Members

Recent OSSC Meeting

Wednesday 12 June
Annual Business Meeting & Election Results
and talk on:
Quantum Computing &
The National Quantum Initiative

Abstract:  Quantum computing is the use of quantum-mechanical phenomena such as superposition and entanglement to perform computation.  A quantum computer is used to perform such computation, which can be implemented theoretically or physically.
The National Quantum Initiative (NQI) Act is an Act of Congress passed on December 13, 2018 and signed into law on December 21, 2018.  The law gives the United States a plan for advancing quantum technology, particularly quantum computing.  OSSC Fellow Donn Silberman will briefly review the NQI and introduce our speakers.
Visit to explore these topics prior to the meeting.
View and download slide presentations here:

Wednesday 8 May

Abstract:  Multi-layer optical coatings play a key part in modern photonics, tailoring optical properties to create high-performance mirrors, low reflectivity surfaces, and wavelength or polarization dependent optics.  Without such coatings, many optical systems would not be practical, or even possible.  While multi-layer optical coating technology has developed tremendously since its inception in the 1940’s, there are still challenges that can lead to failed designs and require optimization by trial and error.
Much of the trial and error in coating design is driven by the difficulty in accurately specifying index dispersion for each material.  While index dispersion can be approximated by bulk index values or thin film measured values, for many this is insufficient to accurately design a coating without multiple iterations.  What is required is an accurate estimate of index dispersion produced by a particular coating technique on a particular machine.
The IDEM system provides a unique index calibration for each material and process used in particular machine.  IDEM then monitors the reflected vis/NIR spectrum (400nm-900nm), fitting the reflectivity curve derived for the layer’s calibrated index dispersion and the combined dispersion of the substrate and previous layers (IDEM can track more than four layers on one witness chip), rather than monitoring a key wavelength.  Additional benefits are continuous insight into system performance, and ability to restart a coating run after a system interruption.  IDEM significantly increases the reliability and efficiency of creating multi-layer optical coatings, reducing lead-time and increasing cost margin.

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Updated: 16 September 2019
Added 9 October Meeting Registration