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Optica member programs provide you with opportunities to advance your scientific ambitions, expand your professional network and influence the future of optics and photonics worldwide. From cutting edge technical courses to professional development workshops for students through emeritus, membership has something for you at every step of your career. Join your business colleagues at Optica industry events and access quality information, unparalleled professional networking, and unique opportunities to grow your business.

Connect with colleagues and thought leaders while forging new collaborative partnerships. Optica structures meetings with live and on-demand technical content to accommodate your schedule.

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5G Summit and Webinar Series 

Examine key critical 5G and beyond technologies that are becoming core business features.

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Mid-Managers Summit
The is a professional development program designed for those in middle management positions.
Early Career Professionals 
Programs
The Society offers a variety of programs and resources for our Early Career Professional members.
Education Outreach
Programs
Check out our optical experiments to bring educational 
entertainment to the family while teaching them some physics!
Engineer Programs 
The Society connects you to a world of engineering research and a wealth of information at your fingertips. 
Executive Forum
The premier annual event for leaders in optical networking and communications
Industry Workshops
A unique opportunity for speakers and the audience to strengthen collaborations across the ecosystem and build a more effective business.
Sponsored Webinars 

Reach your target market and generate new business leads.

Student Programs
Get access to career building networking opportunities, industry defining conferences and events, and to cutting edge research.
Technology Showcases
Looking for new products for your organization and information about the latest technology? Get an in-depth look as Optica corporate members present and explain their cutting-edge technologies. 
How to become a Senior Member

25 January 2023, 4:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for this informational session on the qualifications to become a Optica Senior Member. Learn about the application process, reference letters, personal statements and more. Nominate yourself or a colleague today!

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How to become a Senior Member

15 February 2023, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Join us for this informational session on the qualifications to become a Optica Senior Member. Learn about the application process, reference letters, personal statements and more. Nominate yourself or a colleague today!

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5G and Manufacturing: Implementation Guideline for your Smart Factory

On Demand

03 May 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Imagine a world where intelligence is added to all elements of manufacturing. Picture a manufacturing floor where every single “thing” is able to produce, receive and analyze data (hence making every “thing“ a “smart thing“). Now, imagine that all “smart things“ are connected such that they can exchange data with each other, analyze the data, and make and execute decisions. When we move beyond the “thing“ being simply smart, to a place where we are: 1. Utilizing machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other forms of data science and analytics to improve manufacturing processes 2. Building digital threads and digital twins for cradle to grave track and traceability, and 3. Establishing connected communications within a digital supply chain then we are moving toward the true meaning of the smart factory. One can imagine the ease of tracking defects, the opportunity for new digital platforms and business models, and, most importantly, the change to the way we manufacture. This presentation will provide a "starter kit" for those on their road to smart factory implementation. Whether you are a novice or a veteran, this starter kit will teach/remind you of the key elements to keep in mind as you begin any implementation.


Optical Communication Technologies in the 5G Era

On Demand

29 April 2021, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Optical communication networks are supporting a wide range of valuable communication services including residential services, enterprise services, and mobile services. The 5th-generation (5G) wireless brings to optical networks new requirements such as high bandwidth, low latency, accurate synchronization and the ability to perform network slicing and autonomous operation etc. In parallel, fixed broadband services are demanding higher speed, lower latency, wider coverage and better user experience. All these demands are driving the transformation of optical networks to a new generation as witnessed by 50G-PON, 400G-ZR, 800G long haul, FDMA-P2MP, superchannel-capable high-degree OXC, and beyond-C-band WDM. This OSA webinar aims to highlight the exciting technological advances in optical transport and access networks over the last few years and provide new perspectives on what to expect in the 5G era.


Optomechanical Systems Engineering

On Demand

28 April 2021, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

This course emphasizes a systems‐level overview of optomechanical engineering. Starting with the fundamentals of imaging, it reviews how optical system concepts flow down into optomechanical requirements on optical fabrication, alignment, structural design, mechanics of materials (metals, composites, and glasses), thermal management, and kinematic mirror mounts. The focus is on the fundamental principles underlying real‐world design problems, as well as the commercial off-the‐shelf (COTS) components used to solve them.


Tactical Technical Problem Resolution

On Demand

22 April 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

All companies have things go wrong in their technical projects, from small things like a 2-week schedule delay to a large-scale product recall. How a development team handles these issues can make a big difference in their customer relationships, and therefore on their future business. No customer expects you to be perfect, but they do expect to be able to trust you when things go wrong, and they expect you to handle the issue in a professional manner. The Eight Discipline (8D) problem resolution process was developed for this purpose. In this webinar we will review the process and how to use it in an effective manner.


Influencing Others

21 April 2021, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The ability to influence others is an incredibly important skill, especially in situations where you lack authority. It allows you to handle situations better, be more emotionally skilled and can mitigate conflicts or difficult situations quickly. You will finish this program with powerful techniques suitable for a range of situations to positively impact others.


Introduction to Mid-Spatial Frequency (MSF) Errors for Optical Surfaces

On Demand

14 April 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Mid-spatial frequency (MSF) errors can be a source of small angle scatter or blur in an optical system. This webinar will provide an introduction to MSF errors. It will cover many questions optical designers often ask of optical fabricators, for example: What causes MSF errors on the surface of optics? How can I specify MSF errors so that my surfaces are smooth? How are you going to measure MSF errors?


Replacing Mechanical Metrology Tools, One Photon at a Time

On Demand

13 April 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Metrology is a founding pillar and a driving force of scientific discovery and understanding. The ability to accurately measure quantities of interest has always been one of the ultimate tests in verifying or subverting scientific hypotheses, ultimately advancing the scientific understanding and engineering applications. Although much progress has been made in all fields of science and engineering over the last century, the state of the art in the metrology of gas and plasma flows has largely remained unchanged, being perturbative and not accurate to the level modern science and engineering requires. In this talk I will discuss the laser diagnostic efforts developed to tackle the matter, by concentrating on the research efforts of our group in this field by utilizing Coherent Rayleigh-Brillouin scattering (CRBS). CRBS is a four-wave mixing diagnostic technique that relies on the creation of an optical lattice in a medium due to the interaction between polarizable particles and intense laser fields. Single shot CRBS1 has been demonstrated to be the coherent analog of spontaneous Rayleigh-Brillouin scattering in measuring the temperature, pressure, bulk and shear viscosity, speed of sound and polarizability of a gas or gas mixture2. Additionally, CRBS3 has facilitated the in situ measurements of ~5 nm nanoparticles produced in an arc discharge. In this talk, an overview on the theory and experimental aspects of single shot CRBS will be presented. Furthermore, I will demonstrate our recent work in utilizing CRBS for neutral gas flow velocimetry with measurable velocities down to 5-10 ms-1, applicable to atomic and molecular gases and gas mixtures4. Finally, I will discuss the feasibility and working progress towards the use of single shot (CRBS) as a plasma flow and temperature measuring technique for partially ionized gases.


High-performance ultra-compact metasurface optics

On Demand

12 April 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Optical metasurfaces, planar subwavelength nanoantenna arrays engineered for on-demand wavefront manipulation, have emerged rapidly as a powerful tool enabling compact flat optics with dramatically enhanced capabilities. When integrated with active elements, the pixelated, thin device architecture further facilitates dynamic tuning of local and global optical responses. In this talk, I will discuss opportunities and challenges of employing metasurfaces in a variety of optical systems that are traditionally bulky and complicated. Leveraging advanced materials, designs and architectures, I will further describe our efforts to develop ultra-compact all-dielectric metasurface optics with unprecedented performance, such as ultra-wide field-of-view metalenses, solid-state active meta-optics, new imaging and sensing architectures, etc. The recent progress shows that the judiciously engineered optical metasurfaces can significantly boost the performance, allow novel functionalities and effectively reduce the size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) of future optical systems.


Inside OSA's Reviewer Certification Course

On Demand

07 April 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

What do editors look for in a useful review? What are the best practices for providing a constructive peer review assessment? Which ethical considerations should be taken into account when reviewing manuscript submissions? Three OSA Editors will walk through the most important content in OSA’s Reviewer Certification Course and share their editorial perspective on how to give effective reviewer feedback. The workshop will be presented in three sections with questions and answers after each section.


50 Gbit/s Passive Optical Network (50G-PON): Standards Progress and Applications in 5G

On Demand

23 March 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

This webinar will introduce the ITU standardization effort on 50 Gbit/s Passive Optical Network (50G-PON). The ITU project G.hsp will be reviewed and the standards development status will be updated. The webinar will focus on the 50G-PON system requirements and accepted solutions. Applications in 5G will be analyzed to highlight 50G-PON features. Recent industry test results will be reported, and challenges will be summarized to encourage joint research in this area.


Time Management

16 March 2021, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Personal time management skills are essential for professional success in any workplace. Those able to successfully implement time management strategies are able to control their workload and see personal productivity soars! This 2-hour workshop will cover strategies to help you learn how to manage your time.


Can a Scientist be a Good Entrepreneur?

On Demand

12 March 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

To many people, the career path of a scientist and of an entrepreneur seem very different. But in fact, many scientists have become very successful entrepreneurs. Have you thought about starting your own company and creating something to make the world a better place? Giltner will relay lessons from successful scientists turned entrepreneurs to teach you what you need to know and what you need to watch out for!


Commercializing active optics: My road from PhD student to entrepreneur

On Demand

02 March 2021, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Dr. Lukes will share insights gained while transitioning from a PhD student to an entrepreneur. She started Agile Focus Designs in 2015 to provide accurate, agile, and user-friendly tools for microscopists in manufacturing, science, and healthcare. Since then Agile Focus has sought the development of a fast focus and zoom system to mitigate the need for switching or translating objective lenses to achieve magnification change during microscopy. Inspired by experiments in a cramped office space, Agile Focus has also created additional optomechanical components to reduce cost and improve space efficiency for entrepreneurs and those working remotely. This webinar will cover advancements made in active optics toward fast focus and zoom, and the lessons learned along the way.


Vision- & Sensor-based Activity Analysis for Healthcare & Related Domains

On Demand

28 February 2021, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Human activity Recognition (HAR) are explored in video-based computer vision domain and sensor-based ubiquitous research areas. Vision-based human action or activity recognition approaches are based on RGB video sequences, or depth maps, or from skeleton data – taken from normal video cameras or depth cameras. On the other hand, sensor-based activity recognition methods are basically based on the data collected from wearable sensors having accelerometer, gyroscope, or so on. There are numerous applications on HAR, however, the healthcare, elderly support, and related applications become very important arenas with huge social and financial impact. Due to the advent of various IoT sensors, it becomes more competitive as well as easier to explore different applications.


Balancing the photon budget for optical neurophysiology

On Demand

26 February 2021, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

As genetically-encoded fluorescence indicators of calcium and membrane potential evolve and improve, optical methods advance to exploit their full potential for neurophysiology research. With so many choices, the neurophysiologist needs a systematic framework for comparing and predicting the performance of indicator/imaging system combinations. Dr. Foust will present such a framework for which the key figure of merit is the signal-to-noise ratio of the time-varying fluorescence signal. In this context I will also describe our efforts to boost photon budgets for membrane potential and calcium imaging with multi-focal two-photon and light-field imaging systems.


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

On Demand

24 February 2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 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.


Alignment and metrology of the Roman Space Telescope Grism component

On Demand

24 February 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

This presentation will go over the various techniques used to measure the optical performance of the grism component of the Wide Field Instrument on board the Roman Space Telescope.


Developing Requirements for Scientific Instrumentation

On Demand

23 February 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The benefits of systems engineering are widely promoted with varying degrees of understanding. This webinar is based on many years of experience designing and building complex systems incorporating all of the engineering disciplines (optics, mechanics, electronics, and software). For me, understanding and using systems engineering has been a natural approach driven by my instincts (even before it was a newfound contemporary “thing”). Systems engineering is about balance and perspective. The word “system” conveys the inherently multidisciplinary nature of the work. The engineering work is fundamentally to hold a perspective that makes sure nothing is overlooked that could affect the outcome and to make sure that the best balance is achieved between all of the competing needs and wants that drive the creation of the system in the first place. Systems engineering starts with requirements, and then systems engineering follows on to serve and protect the requirements by constantly evaluating error budgets and the compliance of the system with the requirements as the system is designed and built. In this webinar you will learn by example: - How to approach the development of requirements that satisfies your stakeholders - How to use one sentence definitions to clarify ideas and gain consensus - How to define and manage expectations - How to gain and confirm requirements “completeness”.


Silicon Photonic Integrated Circuits

On Demand

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

Silicon photonics has become a mainstream technology for high volume, low cost manufacturing of photonic devices and integrated circuits for a wide variety of applications. These include optical transceivers for datacom and telecommunications, navigation including LIDARs and gyroscopes, biomedical sensors including lab on a chip, analog transmission for military and space applications and precision timing and optical clocks. Silicon photonic foundries exist on three continents with volumes in the millions of units per year. Laser integration on silicon has been commercialized using heterogeneous integration and prospects look good for epitaxial lasers on silicon. Here John Bowers will give an overview of recent research in the area and prospects for future results.


A Decade of Progress toward a Low-Cost, Fast, High-Performance Photonic Switch

On Demand

03 February 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

In this talk, Dr. Benjamin Lee will review the progress over the past ten years in developing a photonic switch solution that can potentially be manufactured and assembled with low cost, while offering fast reconfigurability and high performance. Beginning with initial work on device development and scaling to recent work on large-scale photonic integrated circuit implementations.

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