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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!
Announcement Dec 9 2020

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
Yoshi Adachi
Jennifer Gavin
Brian Hagerty

In Memorium

Images LogoThe 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.

Images Newsletter

Images LogoThe June 2020 Edition of OSSC's Images eNewsletter is now available.

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 2020 courses begin in Late Sept.:
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.

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.
Brian's email

Upcoming VOSA Meeting

Tuesday 8 September
Nanomachining Using Ions and Lasers
VOSA 200908 Meeting
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
PLEASE Mute your microphone
Share the link if you like to trusted associates, but DO NOT post it freely on social media to prevent meeting hacking.
For additional information, please contact John McDonald.

Next OSSC Meeting

9 December 2020
6:00 PM

“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.

Register Here

Download Flyer

No fee for this on-line webinar.
Log-in credentials will be emailed December 9.

Recent OSSC Meetings

18 November 2020
6:30 PM

Table Top X-ray Laser

Robert L Byer, PhD
Stanford University

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
6:00 PM

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.

24 June 2020

Annual Business Meeting
Online Meeting - Webinar:
Results of 2020-2021 OSSC Board of Directors election were shared with the membership.
The new leadership team was introduced,
The past year reviewed and
The upcoming year previewed.

10 June 2020
On-line Webinar:
Spectrally Controlled Interferometry for the Measurement of Flat and Spherical Optics

Donald Pearson II, Äpre Instruments

Abstract:  Conventional interferometry is widely used to measure spherical and flat surfaces with nanometer level precision but it is often plagued by back or multiple surface reflections.  At this meeting a new method of isolating the measurement surface by controlling the spectral properties of the source will be described (Spectrally Controlled Interferometry - SCI).  Using spectral modulation of the interferometer's source enables formation of localized fringes where the optical path difference is non-zero.  As a consequence, it becomes possible to form white-light like fringes in common path interferometers, such as the Fizeau or Twyman-Green.  ÄPRE’s SCI technology does not require mechanical phase shifting, resulting in simpler instruments and offers the ability to upgrade existing interferometers.  Furthermore, SCI allows absolute measurement of distance, including radius of curvature of lenses, in a single setup with the possibility of improving the throughput and removing some of the pitfalls of inaccurate measurements.

Wednesday 13 May
On-line Webinar:
Multiphoton Imaging of Human Skin

Alexander Fast, Ph.D., UC Irvine
Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic
Nonlinear Optical Microscopy Lab

Abstract:  Multiphoton imaging of human skin provides access to morphological information with molecular contrast obtained in a noninvasive manner.  Our group at Beckman Laser Institute pioneered the clinical skin imaging with multiphoton microscopy.  This talk will present the latest developments on the new generation multiphoton microscopy imaging platform for efficient integration into clinical setting.

Wednesday 8 April
On-line Webinar:
Intelligent Positioning in High Throughput Photonics Manufacturing Automation

Scott Jordan, PI (Physik Instrumente)
Abstract:  In Silicon Photonics and other precision optical fields, production quantities have exponentiated and competition has intensified over the past few years.  In multiple test and packaging steps, submicron-scale alignments are necessary and dominate overall production costs.  These commence with optically and electronically probing devices while still on the wafer, and the alignments must be repeated through final packaging and all the intermediate steps in between.
The key is leveraging optical physics to separate dependence on position commandability.  A universal implementation is now commercially available and fab-proven.  Process cost reductions of 99% are seen.  We will discuss this technology and its applications, and a live demonstration of parallel array I/O alignment will be offered.

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Updated: 4 September 2020
Added 8 September VOSA Meeting