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Uniting the Southern California Optics Community

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 Optical Society of America 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 urged to apply for either Individual or Corporate Memberships.

Images Newsletter

The April 2017 OSSC Newsletter
is now available for download:

Recent Outreach Event

Many Thanks to our Volunteers that helped with the "What is Light?" display and related Optics Outreach Hands-On demos
at the 6th Annual STEM & The Arts career Showcase

Friday - Sunday April 21 - 23, 2017
at the Orange Count Fair Grounds

Download Flyer here

Bo Wang and Donn Silberman lead the efforts with Brain Hagerty and his satellite tracking system as a centerpiece.  Other volunteers were Dr. Ottavia Golfetto, Nick Lambert, Gabriel Blanks and Emily Sin.  And in the exhibit booth next to the OSSC, we had Dr. Brian Monacelli and his Irvine Valley College Laser Technology students.  

See photos  Fri. Apr. 21   Sat. Apr. 22   Sun. Apr. 23

Mathobotix - MiniMaker Competition Sun Apr. 23

Robotics Competitions and other exhibits

Professional Education

Optical Engineering & Optical Instrument Design

Five (5) Spring courses begin in early April

Instructors Barbara Grant and Mary Turner presented
with Dean's Outstanding Instructors Award - Dec 2016
Barbara Grant and Mary Turner with Dean Gary Matkin

These courses are part of the Certificate Programs in:
15% discount for OSSC Members on courses
Required for a Certificate.
(Discount does NOT apply to Electives and Prerequisite Courses.)

Jennifer Mortensen
with confirmed OSSC Membership
to receive discount code.

for more information contact
Prof. Desiré Whitmore, Ph.D.

Download Flyer Here
IVC Photonics is located at the:
ATEP campus in Tustin, CA

Recent CVOSA Meeting

Tuesday 18 April 2017
Advances in Image Sensor Technology
Atul Joshi, CEO SAAZ Technology

Abstract:  :During the past two decades, image sensor technology has made undreamed of advances.  Even with the advent of 0.3 mega-pixel phone cameras in 2000, nobody was leaving their film point-and-shoot cameras at home for major events.  Nowadays several phones have more than 20 mega-pixel high performance sensors so it is a losing battle to persuade someone to even carry a digital SLR to most events. Consumers are finding imaging to be a pervasive technology with proliferation of digital cameras, security cameras, street views and the advent of self-driving cars.

Next OSSC Meeting

Wednesday 10 May 2017
Nexus between government, academia, industry and our professional societies in optics and photonics:
A Panel Discussion

    Alan Willner  Bruce Tromberg
  James Fisher   Nicolaus Lambert

Background:  In October 2014, the OSSC had a very successful event hosted by Corporate Member Precision Optical.  We had four (4) distinguished panelist discuss the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) from four different vantage points.  After that NPI effort, several government sponsored programs were formed, funded and exceptional results have been realized.

During this meeting, we will have one returning panelist and three (3) new voices to provide us with some updates on NPI and then focus on ways we in Southern California can band together to leverage our efforts in several areas for the benefit of our OSSC Corporate and Individual members and many others in our Southern California Optics and Photonics Communities.

OSSC Past President and Fellow Donn Silberman
will moderate the Panel Discussion.

Reception, Cash Bar & Dinner:  6:00 – 7:30 pm
OSSC Business:  7:30 – 8:00 pm
Panel Discussion:  8:00 – 9:30 pm
Dinner details & costs TBD

Recent OSSC Meetings

Wednesday 12 April 2017
Challenges in Optical Design for Soldier Systems
Pete Vallianos
Co-Founder, N2 Imaging Systems
Abstract:  N2 Imaging Systems is a designer and manufacturer of new generation soldier night vision and targeting systems, with emphasis on small, low power, and cost effective, thermal imaging and multisensor designs (i.e. Night vision goggles, sights, etc.).  This presentation is an overview, highlighting some of the of the key challenges in Soldier Systems Optics design, with example solutions (e.g. new broad band chalcogenides, hybrid polymer glass designs, places for optical computing, free form prisms, eyepieces, display technology directions, etc.).  This presentation is from the viewpoint of designers, where the challenges are related to real mission requirements, real size/weight constraints, and performance, environmental and reliability requirements implicit in these designs.

Organized in Conjunction With
SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing

Wednesday 22 March 2017
Nano-alignment as challenge and enabler for “Silicon Photonics”

Scott Jordan,
Head of Photonics
Physik Instrumente

Co-Sponsored by OSA as part of the
Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) Conference

Last update:  24 April 2017