The November 2017 OSSC Newsletter
is now available for download!
UNESCO announces International Day of Light!
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced its intention to proclaim an annual International Day of Light at their meeting on November 2017. The first celebration will take place on 16 May 2018. Both OSA and SPIE support the event... read more.
Optical Engineering & Optical Instrument Design
Check back here soon for Winter 2018 courses that begin in early January.
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 the above two
Electives and Prerequisite Courses.)
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.
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Mirror Technology Days 2017
14 to 16 November 2017
Northrop-Grumman Aerospace Systems
One Space Park
Redondo Beach, CA
The workshop is managed and organized by SPIE.
The Optical Society of Southern California is the local host.
Tech Days annually summarizes the USA Government's investment strategies and activities in developing technology for any application which requires optical components including: telescopes, imaging systems, seeker/trackers, high-energy laser systems, and solar energy. Technology investment efforts in optical materials; substrate design & manufacture; optical fabrication and metrology technology; optical coatings; wavefront sensing and control via adaptive optics; and nano-technology imaging technologies will be presented.
Event Details & Registration
Recent OSSC Meetings
Wednesday 8 November 2017
"Next Generation Fiber Optic Connectors"
Dr. Yang Chen
Sr. Member of Technical Staff
Abstract: In modern telecommunications (telecom) and data communications (datacom) networks, optical interconnects are essential to achieve ever increasing data rates exceeding 100 Gbps. Datacom, telecom, and FTTP (Fiber to the Premises) all require new fiber termination technology to reduce cost and improve performance for a massive deployment of optical fiber into our network and computer architectures. nanoPrecision Products’ (nPP) high precision forming technology is producing single-fiber and multi-fiber metallic ferrules to sub-micron tolerances, which provide connectors with extremely good performance. nPP’s novel metal ferrule and the elimination of epoxy now permits the development of novel laser-based factory termination processes, including laser end face finishing, to replace the current costly and time consuming mechanical polishing of optical fiber end faces. nPP’s precision stamped clamshell ferrule approach can also be used for a very low loss single and multi-fiber mechanical splice and cable restoration for simplified field installation and maintenance.
Venue: The Proud Bird
11022 Aviation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
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Wednesday 11 October 2017
“Imaging” the Invisible World:
Mars, Meteorites and Terrestrial Environments
Mars2020 SHERLOC Instrument Team
Rohit Bhartia, Ph.D. & Luther Beegle, Ph.D.
Planetary Science Division, JPL/NASA/Caltech
Lauren Deflores, Ph.D. & Brian Monacelli, Ph.D.
Instrument Division, JPL/NASA/Caltech
Hosted by JPL
Abstract: The next Mars mission is scheduled to launch in 2020. This mission includes a roving platform with a suite of spectroscopic and imaging instruments that will be used to explore the surface and near subsurface of Mars with the expressed goal to search for potential biosignatures. One of the instruments, SHERLOC, is an arm-mounted deep UV fluorescence and Raman spectrometer that enables non-contact, spatially resolved, high sensitivity detection and characterization of organics and minerals. This talk will briefly discuss the overall mission, how the development of SHERLOC took shape, as well as present a view through the instrument on how we use this instrument to understand whether there are possible signatures of life on Mars.
JPL Von Karman Auditorium
4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109
Friends of the OSSC Events
Upcoming Ventura OSA Meeting
Tuesday 21 November 2017
Optical Fabrication and Metrology for the Thirty Meter Telescope Primary Mirror Segments
Lead Optical Fabrication Engineer
Thirty Meter Telescope Project
Advanced Spectral Technology, Inc.
94 W Cochran St Suite A
Simi Valley, CA 93065
6:00 pm: Mixing and Stand Up Dinner
7:00 pm: Speaker
$20 donation on site
Registration & Information:
Contact Robert Mendenhall
Recent Event: Mount Wilson 100-Inch
Telescope Celebrated 100 Years!
Saturday 4 November 2017
2:00 PM TO 10:00 PM
The Observatory's historic telescope was open to the public. Docents were on hand to to talk about how the now historic instrument ushered in the modern era of astrophysics and revolutionized our understanding of the universe.
4:00 PM Museum Talk on 100-inch Telescope
Berkeley astronomy professor Alex Filippenko gave a talk in the museum auditorium on the 100-inch telescope.