2020- 2021 OSSC Election Results
to the new 2020-2021
OSSC Board of Directors!
President - Kevin Romero
Vice President - Stan Klyza
Secretary - Martin Seilonen
Treasurer - Martin Hagenbuechle
Charles Gaugh, one of OSSC’s great leaders, OSSC Past President and OSSC Fellow, has passed away this year.
Charles will be remembered for his warmth, and gregarious spirit. I don’t remember an OSSC event where he wasn’t present acting as an OSSC ambassador to new and prospective members. He had a knack for making all of those he met feel not only welcome, but totally at home within the organization.
He also served OSSC as webmaster and was always helpful to post information that was developed by OSSC members and board members. Charles continued to attend board meetings as an advisor, even after his presidential term and always had wise counsel. Moreover, he also participated in OSSC outreach events that introduced young people to the field of optics. He will be missed by all of OSSC members that knew him.
The Society mourns the loss of our good friend and colleague Dr. Antonio Méndez. An innovator, educator and mentor, Antonio served the Southern California optical community throughout his decades-long career. He will be missed.
Private services have been arranged for family. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a charity of the donor’s choice.
The June 2020 Edition of OSSC's Images eNewsletter is now available.
There was an Information Session - Monday 19 August
OSSC Fellow Donn Silberman was the guest speaker.
Winter 2021 courses begin in Mid January:
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
to receive discount code.
Laser Tech Training Program
With the current situation regarding On-Campus Educational instruction, the Laser Tech Training Program has been moved to Pasadena City College
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.
For Information Contact:
Prof. Brian Monacelli, Ph.D.
Upcoming VOSA Meeting
Tuesday 8 September
Nanomachining Using Ions and Lasers
Ms. K.D. Derr, Zeiss
Abstract: Ms. Derr will brief us on two new very remarkable instruments: the new LaserFIB for ZEISS Crossbeam, femtosecond laser for ultrafast material processing of large samples. Fabricate samples on the scale from 10 µm to 1 mm or more. Cut deep cross-section through hard material such as SiC and expose structures of interest directly. When performing laser milling you will easily avoid contamination of your FIB-SEM as the laser is attached to a dedicated chamber which is separated from the main instrument chamber. When you require nanomachining precision, the Orion Nanofab, multi-ion beam platform enables next-generation technology development with 3D analysis, rapid device/circuit prototyping and sub-10 nm node characterization capabilities. Seamlessly switch between gallium, neon and helium ion beams in a single tool for combined highest precision and speed.
Presentation: 6:00pm PDT
Computer Audio or dial in +1 631 248 2093
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Next OSSC Meeting
Jan 13, 2021
"MicroSat Laser Communication Terminals & IR Imaging Space-Based Payloads”
Dr. Aaron Freeman, Optical Engineering Manager,
General Atomics EMS, San Diego, CA
The electromagnetic spectrum is crowded and the data rates are low compared to Free Space Optical systems (FSO). System designers are turning to FSO to overcome the RF limitations. General Atomics Electromagnetics (GA-EMS) has developed a free space optical laser communication terminal (LCT) for space applications. The system operates at 1550 nm and utilizes on-off keying to support a data rate of up to 5 Gbps.
The system architecture is expandable regarding total output power and can support links from various orbits up to and including GEO-GEO as predicted from the amplifier testing and link budget analysis. The optical amplifier is based off of a TRL9 system originally used by GA-EMS for airborne applications, redesigned for space applications. The system architecture can support multiple modulation schemes These will be described.
The LCT uses a novel acquisition scheme which is introduced here that enables rapid acquisition for systems even when the bus level pointing accuracy is in excess of 350urad. This LCT architecture can be used on multiple missions without necessitating extensive redesign and qualification. GA-EMS is launching two of these terminals in cubesats in December 2020 to host an on-orbit demonstration of crosslinks between the two terminals and downlinks to a ground station.
Register for this Webinar
No fee for this on-line webinar.
Log-in credentials will be emailed January 13, 2021.
Recent OSSC Meetings
Dec 9, 2020
JOINT OSSC AND VOSA ONLINE MEETING
December 9, 2020 6:00 pm P.T.
“Anywhere Light Goes®
A Way of Thinking About Optical Product Development”
By Dr. Stephen Fantone, Ph.D.,
President of OSA and President of Optikos Corporation
Established in 1982, Optikos is an engineering and instrumentation firm that uses optics as an enabling technology for clients with applications that include medical devices and diagnostics, virtual reality and consumer products, aerospace and defense systems, and automotive sensing and imaging applications.
In its earliest days, the field of optical engineering was focused on lens design and straightforward imaging systems. With each decade came hot new technologies and the sometimes-rapid rise and fall of companies looking to profit quickly from them. From the early commercial copiers and instant cameras to large scale reconnaissance systems to fiber optics, digital cameras and now lidar—Optikos has managed to stay the course. How have we done it? This talk is about taking a broad view, being open to any challenge, and staying nimble as technologies emerge, rise, and sometimes die while other technologies leap from a seemingly brash idea to widespread adoption
Table Top X-ray Laser
Robert L Byer, PhD
Bright, coherent X-ray sources from free electron lasers (FEL) are large systems. For example, the LCLS source at Stanford requires part of the SLAC linear accelerator and a large building with magnetic undulator magnets to produce coherent x ray pulses.
Dr. Byer is principal investigator for the ACHIP program at Stanford and co-leader of the ACHIP international collaboration. This technology uses laser light to accelerate electrons to high energies using a small photonic chip structure. These high energy electrons are proposed for generating coherent X-rays.
See flyer for more details.
14 October 2020
Astrophotonics & Detecting Extraterrestrial Life
Dr. Nemanja Jovanovic
Senior Instrument Scientist,
California Institute of Technology
Photonic technologies enable extreme miniaturization while offering advanced functionalities. They provide an avenue to developing sophisticated next generation astronomical instruments with new science capabilities, critical to future space missions. Some examples of the development of integrated photonic component include: spectrographs, Bragg gratings, photonic lanterns and pupil remappers. Dr. Jovanovicn will outline the challenges of coupling starlight into photonic devices and thesolutions implemented, and describe some of the photonic technologies that have been explored and applied to astronomical instruments to date. He will also explain what it takes to detect extraterrestrial life, and the photonic technologies currently being developed to enable that on future space missions.