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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!
The Optical Society of Southern California was founded in 1951 to increase and disseminate the knowledge of optics and closely allied sciences and to promote the mutual interests of investigators, organizations, teachers and students in these fields. The Society is a local section of the The Optical Society (OSA) and typically meets on the second Wednesday of each month from October through June.  Most of our meetings are open to the public.  Those interested in promoting our goals are encouraged to apply for either Individual or Corporate Membership.

Images Newsletter

Images LogoThe November 2018 Edition of OSSC's Images Newsletter is now available for download.

OSSC Annual Report

Congratulations for a great 2017 - 2018 Program Year!!
Please Download the 2017 - 2018 OSSC Annual Report for an overview of our great program year!
Thank you to all of the members on making this such a great year for the OSSC!!!

Professional Education

Optical Engineering & Optical Instrument Design
Recorded Information Session:
from Monday, 25 June, 11:30am-12:30pm
Winter 2019 courses began in early January:
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 Student Meeting

Tuesday 13 November
Light at the End of the Tunnel:
Careers in Optics & Photonics
And Optical Levitation:
Fundamentals of Optical Tweezers
View recorded presentation here
   Optical Levitation
Donn Silberman Fellow & Past President;
Optical Society of Southern California

Venue:  Cal State Poly Pomona
College of Science, Bldg 8, Room 248

Recent Outreach Event

13-15 April
STEM & The Arts Career Showcase
Thanks to everyone who helped!!
Vital Link STEM Event Photo
The STEM & the Arts Career Showcase is an annual three-day event held at the OC Fair and Event Center that gives students the opportunity to explore career pathways in STEM fields.  The program brings together industry professionals, educators, and college representatives that provide students the opportunity to explore their future.  The program includes student competitions and displays, industry demonstrations, career exploration exhibits, industry speakers, a job recruitment area, live entertainment, and more!  The program reaches over 6,000 targeted students, parents and their families.
Thanks Justin Francis, Bo Wang & Donn Silberman for organizing and volunteering at the event.

Upcoming OSSC Meeting

Wednesday 12 December
Annual OSSC Corporate Member
Appreciation Event
"Optics for DNA sequencing"
Simon Prince,
Principal Optical Engineer
Illumina, Inc.
Abstract:  The talk will cover the basics of DNA and sequencing for physicists and engineers with as little chemistry or biology as possible.  Starting from the history of the human genome sequencing project ($3B in 2003), we move through the advances in sequencing technology to today’s products where the sequencing cost has dropped to <$1k.  Each sequencer is made of watt class lasers, illumination engines and epi-microscopes.  We’ll look at the microscope technology and designs using custom objectives and sensors that are pushing resolution limits.
  6:00 pm -    Networking & OSSC Corporate Member Exhibits
  6:30 pm -    Dinner
                     (choose Pasta, Chicken or Meat Lasagna)
  7:30 pm -    OSSC Corporate Business Topics
  8:00 pm -    Presentation
  9:30 pm -    Meeting End Time
Dinner Cost:  $35 for members/$40 for non-members ($40/$45 after 7 December)
OSSC Student Members:  $10 ($20 after 7 December)*
*Discount applies to OSSC Members
who are full time students.
Corporate Table top Exhibits
click on "Register Here" above.

Recent OSSC Meetings

Wednesday 14 November
Detection of Visible and Infrared Light for Scientific Research
Dr. James Beletic
President, Teledyne Imaging Sensors
Abstract:  Electromagnetic radiation (light) is the primary messenger of information in the universe and detection of light is critical to many areas of scientific research.  This is especially true in fields where “remote sensing” of distant objects is the only way to study those objects, such as Earth observation from airborne and space-based instrumentation, astronomy (from ground and space), and planetary exploration.
This talk presents examples of the instrumentation used in scientific research, and a high level introduction to the physics of detectors for visible and infrared light.  Since Teledyne is a leader in high performance detectors, many of the forefront facilities and missions utilize Teledyne’s detectors.  This talk presents some of these facilities / missions and the challenges involved in making detectors that are reliable in a space environment.
This talk is prepared so as to be understandable by everyone, no matter a person’s age, education level or type of employment, but with enough technical information to interest professional engineers and scientists.
Venue:  Eden Garden Restaurant

Wednesday 10 October
UCI’s Convergence Optical Sciences Initiative and the Development and Applications of Compact Laser-Compton X-ray Sources
Dr. Chris Barty,
Professor, Departments of Physics and Surgery
and Beckman Laser InstituteUC Irvine
presentation starts about 34 min into video recording
Download the flyer to share with friends and colleagues

Recent VOSA Meeting

Tuesday 13 November
The Development of Plasma Accelerators as an Experimental Field
VOSA 13 Nov
Dr. Chandrashekhar Joshi,
Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering, UCLA
Chan Joshi
Abstract:  Particle accelerators have arguably been the most successful instrument of scientific discovery in the last century.  From a device that fit in the palm of a human hand, they have evolved within a period of 7 decades to be the largest and the most expensive machines ever built by humans.  Yet to understand and explain some of the most profound questions facing the physical sciences we will need even more energetic particle accelerators than the CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC)-the largest such collider operating today.  This grand challenge is a human race-scale enterprise.  Scientists and engineers have been racing to come up with alternate paradigms that will enable charged particles to be accelerated a 1000 times faster than is possible today.  This will allow the miniaturization of these machines the same way as invention of the integrated circuit enabled miniaturization of electronics based on vacuum tubes.  I will describe our work on acceleration of electrons using a charge density wave in an ionized gas or a plasma.  The electrons gain energy by surfing on these waves like a surfer who rides a giant ocean wave.  Aside from enabling future colliders this technology may enable other societally important applications.
Venue:  Advanced Spectral Technology, Inc.

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.

Updated:  20 November 2018
Added 12 December Meeting details