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Featured Optica Market Report: Optical Transreceivers for Datacom & Telecom


In this report by Optica partner, Yole Group, we explore the context of why DC operators and telecom carriers pay huge attention to optical interconnect evolution and understand the changes in DC network architecture. Plus, you'll get detailed market forecasts from 2017 to 2027 for optical transreceivers in datacom and telecom.





New Optica Corporate Members

Welcome Optica's newest Corporate Members.














Women in Industry Spotlight: Michelle L. Stock, PhD


Michelle Stock, PhD, is the Director of Business Development and Sales, North America at TracInnovations, a company focused on innovative solutions for image-based diagnosis and treatment.

Stock is an experienced business developer with 15+ years in high-tech industries. Stock has a PhD in Optics and is a co-founder of Arbor Photonics. The Optica team caught up with this innovative leader to ask a few questions.

What excites you the most about working in the optics and photonics industry?
Nearly everything! This is an amazing time to be part of the optics and photonics industry. We are impacting every aspect of life, taking the fruits of research and bringing them to commercial use in new ways every year. In just the span of my career, I've seen ultrafast (femtosecond) lasers that were in their infancy while I was publishing in grad school become globally-adopted tools for the most precise applications, especially ophthalmic surgery and the micromachining of devices we use every day. I'm particularly excited about how better health outcomes are enabled by taking advantage of the many ways light can be used to detect, image, diagnose, and ultimately provide therapy for so many diseases and conditions.

What career advice would you give your younger self?
To my college student self: be more adventurous and curious. When given the chance to study overseas, take it! Go to more seminars, and find out more about what your fellow grad students are working on. Second: to my early career self, learn about other functional areas within your company. As an engineer, I knew optics, but had little awareness of product development, production, quality, and regulatory areas. Spend time with the R&D engineers, the product managers, and people in business functions. Having more exposure to those areas helps you to see the value of each role, which will give you a broader perspective on what it takes to successfully commercialize products.

What is a hobby or passion of yours?
Volunteering for professional societies probably counts as a hobby for me. It all started when I was asked to join the Optica Corporate Associates Committee (as it was known then), and quickly, I was hooked! Being involved on various committees as well as starting a photonics industry cluster has allowed me to combine many things that I enjoy: being part of a mission to advance knowledge and people, getting to know and work with people across geography and at different points in their careers, and traveling to events and meetings (US, Europe and even New Zealand!). My life and work have been enriched by the many contacts and friends I've made through volunteering over the years.





Executive Insights: Meet Itai Vishnia, CEO of PLX

Optica Chief Technology Officer (CTO), José Pozo, had the opportunity to interview PLX CEO, Itai Vishnia, about his experience leading the company through a transition from components manufacturer to solutions provider. The interview, published in Laser Focus World, takes a look at the past, present and future of Vishnia and PLX.





Members in the News

New High Performance, Bench Top Power Meter, Designed for Accuracy and Ease of Use. — Santec Corporation

Analog Modules, Inc. Announces Release of its Model 755A-04.1 Hybrid Eyesafe Laser Rangefinder Receiver. — Analog Modules

Credo and EFFECT Photonics Announce Collaboration on High-Performance, Ultralow Power Coherent DSP Solutions. — Credo and EFFECT Photonics

EFFECT Photonics Secures $40 Million in Additional Funding. — EFFECT Photonics

New 3-in-1 Optical Component Analysis Delivers OFDR, WDL and Proximity Sensing. — Santec Corporation




2023 Optics & Photonics Calendar of Events



PIC International
18 - 19 April 2023
Brussels, Belgium

Optica Biophotonics Congress: Optics in the Life Sciences
24 - 27 April 2023
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Optica End-User Workshop at Biophotonics Congress
25 April 2023
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Optica Online Industry Meeting: Hyperspectral and Multispectral Imaging
25 April 2023

CLEO Conference and Exhibition
07 - 12 May 2023
San Jose, California, USA

Optica End-User Workshop at CLEO
10 May 2023
San Jose, California, USA

Optica Photonics and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Industry Summit
23 - 24 May 2023
St. Florian am Inn, Austria

Optica Online Industry Meeting: Laser Welding
30 May 2023

Optica Design and Fabrication Congress
04 - 08 June 2023
Québec City, Québec, Canada

Optica Quantum 2.0 Conference and Exhibition
18 - 22 June 2023
Denver, Colorado, USA

Optica End-User Workshop at Quantum 2.0
19 June 2023
Denver, Colorado, USA

27 - 30 June 2023
Munich, Germany

Optica RUMP Session and VIP Reception at LASER World of PHOTONICS
June 2023




Optica Advanced Photonics Congress
09 - 13 July 2023
Busan, Republic of Korea

Optica End-User Workshop at Advanced Photonics Congress
10 July 2023
Busan, Republic of Korea

Optica Sensing Congress
31 July - 03 August 2023
Munich, Germany

Optica Imaging Congress
14 - 17 August 2023
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Optica Online Industry Meeting: Free Space and Optical Wireless Communication
29 August 2023

Optica Photonic Devices Industry Summit
05 - 06 September 2023
Achim, Germany

Optica Online Industry Meeting: Biosensing
26 September 2023




ECOC Exhibition
02 -04 October 2023
Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Optica Executive Breakfast at ECOC
October 2023
Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Frontiers in Optics and Optica Laser Congress and Exhibition
08 - 12 October 2023
Tacoma, Washington, USA

Optica End-User Workshop at Frontiers in Optics + Laser
09 October 2023
Tacoma, Washington, USA

Optica Online Industry Meeting: Augmented and Virtual Reality
31 October 2023

Optica Data Center Industry Summit
01 - 02 November 2023
Juniper Networks
Sunnyvale, California, USA

Optica Quantum Industry Summit
14 - 15 November 2023
Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland

Optica Online Industry Meeting: OLED & MicroLEDs
21 November 2023






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