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

In Memoriam

The Optical Society of Southern California fondly remembers our friend and colleague
Patricia Bath M.D.,
Physician, Laser Scientist, Inventor and Mentor
Dr. Patricia Bath
A memorial service was held at 10:00a.m. on 14 June
In lieu of flowers, the family has created a GoFundMe to increase the pipeline of physicians in training and medical students who are underrepresented in medicine.

Professional Education

Summer 2019 courses begin in early July:
These courses are part of the Certificate Programs in:
Optical Engineering and Optical Instrument Design
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 ATEP campus in Tustin, CA
For Information Contact:
Prof. Brian Monacelli, Ph.D.

Recent Outreach Event

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12 - 14 April
STEAM Career Leadership Conference:
3 Day Leadership Conference for
High School CTE Students
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Thanks to all industry supporters who joined our conference in connecting students with their future careers.  Exhibitors brought demonstrations, and hands on activities for students throughout the event.  The program provided students with industry demonstrations and exhibits, college connections, and non-profit volunteer opportunities to use their skills and build a resume.
Where:   OC Fair & Event Center

Recent OSSC Meetings

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.

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.

Recent VOSA Meeting

Tuesday 11 June
Design for Alignment
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Abstract:  These days, alignment is the only area of optical system manufacturing left to make significant improvement in optical system performance.  Computer based optical design is mature, and with computer controlled polishing and interferometric testing there is little room for improvement in the quality of components going into an optical system.  This leaves alignment during assembly as the only practical place to improve system performance.
    Unfortunately, this aspect of manufacturing an optical system is generally the responsibility of a team of skilled people who have had no input to the system design, and who often do not have the tools and fixturing needed for optimum assembly.
    This talk is about ways to improve system performance by focusing on alignment as part of the initial system design.

The OSSC is a non-profit 501(C)3 tax exempt corporation.
The OSSC does NOT endorse candidates for public office or contribute to political candidates or campaigns.
Corporate Address:  14271 Jeffrey Road, Suite 136
Irvine, California 92620

Updated: 12 June 2019
Posted 2019 - 2020 Election Results