Industry

Industry Events

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Access quality information, unparalleled professional networking, and unique opportunities to grow your business at Optica industry events.

We offer a variety of in-person, virtual and hybrid events—both stand-alone, and at major conferences and exhibitions. These include dedicated workshops and forums on key optics and photonics topics, special funding events, and intimate networking dinners. Participate in an Industry event to advance your career and your company’s bottom line.

Check back frequently as new events are continually being posted. Past events—both live and virtual/on-demand—can be viewed by clicking the “Past Events” tab below.

Optica Market Update: What to expect for the optics and photonics market for 2022

09 December 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The optics and photonics industry has fared surprisingly well through the pandemic, despite the scope of the global tragedy at the human scale. But as we near the end of the second year, how is the industry doing and what can we expect for 2022? What do the supply chain disruptions that are widely reported mean for our industry? Are the constraints leading to higher prices or are they curtailing production and demand, leading to lower prices? What are the market segments that show the most promise in 2022, and which are more vulnerable? This webinar will briefly review where the optics and photonics industry is today, and where we can expect it to go in 2022. Bring your questions to this live online event.

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Sponsored Webinar: Low Loss PICs: From Fast Prototyping to High Volumes

29 November 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Propagation losses in PICs are very important to have energy efficient on chip routing and are especially crucial if already very few photons are there to start with. In this webinar we will give an overview of LIGENTEC's low loss PICs based on silicon nitride and application areas in LiDAR, Quantum and sensing. We explain our Process Design Kit and different fabrication modules. Reproducibility and uniformity are of critical importance and are addressed with statistical process control in our 100mm and 200mm wafer fabrication.


From PhD to CEO: Making An Exciting Leap Into Business with Claudia Hössbacher

On Demand

23 November 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ever wondered what challenges you might face when not only transitioning to industry but also when setting up your own business? In this webinar series, young European entrepreneurs share their stories of how they moved from the lab to the executive office. Register for this one to hear from Claudia Hössbacher from Polariton Technologies AG.


Mobile optical pluggables (MOPA) – solutions, technologies and standardization of optics for 5G

On Demand

11 November 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

This talk will outline the recent work by 5 leading companies (Ericsson, Nokia, Sumitomo, Lumentum, II-VI) in the initiative called mobile optical pluggables (MOPA). The MOPA initiative has produced a 55-page technical paper outlining all relevant optical solutions for 5G networks. These solutions, called optical blueprints, cover all parts of the 5G network: the low-layer split (aka fronthual), high-layer split, and backhaul, for all relevant distances (2-80 km), and technologies (grey optics, WDM optics, packet multiplexing, PON). Finally, an outlook into future needs and technologies will be made.


Managing (and Leading) a Project Team

On Demand

09 November 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Principles for more effective technical leadership. As we scientists and engineers advance in our careers, many of us move on to roles where we manage a project, a team, or even an entire business unit. To be effective, we find we must learn many new skills that were not part of our technical training. Effective leaders often find that some habits and patterns of thinking they developed during their technical training don’t work so well when leading a group to achieve challenging goals. We also find that understanding how to manage a team is not the same as ‘leading’ a team to accomplish great things. In this webinar we will review some important principles that address some of the toughest questions that technical managers face: What’s most important for keeping a project on schedule? How do good leaders make hard decisions? What do you do when there’s no good answer? Is the maxim ‘Ask for forgiveness, not permission’ actually good advice? If you are a manager, or if you aspire to become one, this webinar will give you insight that will help you be more effective.


Sponsored Webinar: Digitizing Optical Product Manufacturing Traceability: The What, Why & AI

On Demand

08 November 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Today’s optical communications products are more complex. They require higher orders of reliability. On top of that, your end customers are demanding more visibility into your ability to deliver on time. This requires that you now have requisite visibility from all of your own suppliers, across the globe. Overall, the market is demanding better supply chain visibility, with higher product quality and traceability.


From PhD to CEO: Making An Exciting Leap Into Business with Michele Lacerenza

On Demand

28 October 2021, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ever wondered what challenges you might face when not only transitioning to industry but also when setting up your own business? In this webinar series, young European entrepreneurs share their stories of how they moved from the lab to the executive office. Register for this one to hear from Michele Lacerenza from pioNIRS.


Sponsored Webinar: Accurate Laser Measurements: Why, When, and How

On Demand

20 October 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The most fundamental method for checking the performance of your laser is to measure its power or energy output as this output directly affects the laser’s ability to perform. Measurement is important from the time the laser is first manufactured, through system integration, and on to final use. So you’re measuring your laser beam. You get a reading. Do you care if your laser measurement is on target? The answer is most likely an emphatic yes!


Sponsored Webinar: How to Improve the Signal Acquisition for Optical Measurements

On Demand

19 October 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In research fields such as spectroscopy or imaging, the goal is to measure increasingly small effects or fast processes. Whether these are phase changes induced by a THz transient or absorption changes observed with spectroscopic techniques, they often share the same challenge: recovering a small signal covered in noise. Lock-in amplifiers are ideally suited to this task, as they average the signal of interest while suppressing spurious noise. In this webinar, Claudius will look at well-established techniques – linear spectroscopy with multiple lasers, THz time-domain spectroscopy and laser scanning microscopy – to provide practical guides for different setups in optics and photonics. You will learn how to capture your data in the most efficient manner and how to tune the measurement settings to maximize the signal-to-noise ratio in your experiment.


Quantum in the City and Quantum in Europe

14 October 2021, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join Optica (formerly OSA) as we partner with the Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC) and the University of Bristol, UK, for two informative sessions exploring the Quantum Technology Ecosystem in Bristol and the wider UK and Europe.


Beyond Academia: Connecting Industry with the Next Generation of Leaders

On Demand

13 October 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Navigating between academia and industry can be a distinctive journey. Join OIDA as we host a yearlong series devoted to connecting students and early career professionals with leaders in industry to help guide you through your unique career path.


Concepts of Optical Communication Systems

On Demand

13 October 2021, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Optical communication systems have provided ever-increasing data transmission capacities, and there is a set of core concepts that are fundamental to understanding many of the crucial technical areas. The intent of this course is to provide key background information to enable participants to facilitate an understanding of more advanced topics in this area.


Technology Showcase

On Demand

13 October 2021, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Looking for new products for your organization and information about the latest technology? While the live event took place Wednesday 13 October 2021 and Thursday 14 October 2021, view the sessions on-demand now to get an in depth look as corporate members present and explain their cutting-edge technologies.


Sponsored Webinar: The Harsh Realities of Testing Ruggedized Fiber Assemblies

On Demand

12 October 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ruggedized fiber optic cable assemblies are gaining prevalence in the communication industry. They are used in a wide breadth of applications, from connecting high speed 5G communication hubs together to facilitating high speed communications on modern fighter aircraft. The plethora of variations among these assemblies and their basic physical structure present unique challenges in measuring them for insertion loss and return loss. This webinar will focus on different methods and test setups for qualifying optical connections of ruggedized and harsh environment assemblies while maintaining a high level of accuracy in the measurements. The webinar will review the different methods and the benefits and drawbacks of each method.


Innovation in Optics: A Zemax Perspective

On Demand

07 October 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Join Zemax CTO Sanjay Gangadhara as he reviews recent innovations in the optics and photonics industry and discusses how these innovations are being driven by key technologies such as diffractive optics and computational imaging. Dr. Gangadhara will also describe how simulation of these technologies enables rapid advancements in applications from data communications to LIDAR, medical imaging to mixed reality.


Sponsored Webinar: A Simulation Environment for QKD Systems and Co-Existing Classical Channels

On Demand

06 October 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Recently VPIphotonics developed a new simulation tool, VPItoolkit™ QKD. When used together with VPItransmissionMaker Optical Systems, a simulation environment for classical transmission systems, they represent a powerful R&D environment for the development of QKD systems based on weak-coherent prepare-and-measure protocols, including co-existence scenarios with classical channels. The design environment can serve as a test bed for the development and evaluation of various implementation options of QKD systems and sub-systems, such as pulse shaping, signal recovery and filtering, and others. The toolkit offers capabilities for modeling a wide range of component imperfections by inheriting the versatile numerical approach of VPItransmissionMaker™ Optical Systems (part of VPIphotonics Design Suite™), including thermal noise, ADC quantization noise, RIN, phase noise, dark count rates, afterpulsing, dead time, etc. Also, exploiting the powerful model libraries coming with VPItransmissionMaker™ Optical Systems, the toolkit allows the investigation of various deteriorate effects such as Raman scattering and crosstalk from classical channels in co-existence scenarios. The native sweep and scripting functionality offers a convenient way to optimize simulation parameters such as modulation amplitude, photons per pulse, filter bandwidth, BB84 basis probability, symbol rate, and others. In the webinar we discuss modules for both CV- and DV-QKD including transmitters and receivers, parameter estimation, and secret key rate calculation and show live demos of various application examples.


Trends of the European photonics in a more global supply chain

On Demand

04 October 2021, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The optics and photonics industry is global, with companies commonly headquartered in one continent, manufacturing in another, and selling to a customer in another. They also compete globally, even often buying or selling to their competitors. The conventional wisdom is that fair global competition is good in the long run for both specific companies and the industry overall. But while companies want to compete in foreign markets, they aren’t eager to invite competition to their markets. Moreover, a global industry also means that not only do products cross borders, but capital crosses borders too. International mergers and acquisitions can create exits for investors, but a loss of control, possibly a loss of jobs. How can companies protect vulnerable supply chains? How do government trade agencies balance these competing interests? Hear what our panelists have to say from different perspectives and join the discussion.


Laser Applications Conference

03 October 2021, 12:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Focuses on materials processing and applications for high power lasers. At LAC, you’ll be immersed in an innovative learning environment that introduces new, groundbreaking information, offers insightful knowledge, showcases cutting-edge products, and engages your active participation in important debates and discussions.


Laser Applications Conference

03 October 2021, 12:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Focuses on materials processing and applications for high power lasers. At LAC, you’ll be immersed in an innovative learning environment that introduces new, groundbreaking information, offers insightful knowledge, showcases cutting-edge products, and engages your active participation in important debates and discussions.


Sponsored Webinar: Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy: Why Would I Need a THz Spectrometer?

On Demand

28 September 2021, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Being a blank spot on the available energetic radiation map for many years, recent developments have propelled terahertz (THz) spectroscopy to a rapidly emerging field of research and application. Being a leading developer and global supplier of instrumentation for high-precision metrology, Menlo Systems continuously implements its latest developments in laser and stabilization technology into industry proven and turn-key THz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) systems. In this webinar we discuss state-of-the-art, all-fiber coupled THz-TDS systems, from most versatile to compact and portable, and novel, high-speed spectroscopy and imaging solutions at world-leading performance of 6 THz bandwidth with dynamic range as high as 100dB! We present how Menlo Systems’ proprietary figure 9® laser mode locking technology delivers unbeaten reliability and superior results to various application fields, such as material characterization, biosensing, THz research, and non-destructive material testing.


OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Recent Development in Advanced Bandpass Filter Manufacturing for Point of Care Devices

On Demand

16 September 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Delta Optical Thin Film has invested in Magnetron Coating technology allowing development and manufacturing of very advanced optical filters at very attractive prices. This webinar will show examples of what can be achieved.