Technical Communities

Technical Divisions

Currently, OSA has six broad technical divisions each comprised of specialty groups. Joining a technical group ensures that you will receive updates on OSA publications, meetings and activities in your areas of interest.

Members may select up to five technical groups when they join or renew – or at any time by updating their profile in My Account. Not an OSA Member? Join OSA and select the technical groups related to your field.

Optics & Photonics CONNECT enrollees have access to select technical community information. CONNECT enrollees can choose their technical divisions by updating their profile in My Account.

With the support of the Board of Meetings, OSA is implemented a Technical Group Development Pilot Program, in 2013, with the purpose of finding the best structure to raise the level of engagement within the technical groups. The groups originally included in the program are listed below. During 2013, this core group expanded and now all Technical Groups are run under the same structure.  


Bio-Medical Optics Division
Microscopy and Optical Coherence Tomography (BM)
Molecular Probes and Nanobio-Optics (BP)
Optical Biosensors (BB)
Optical Trapping and Manipulation in Molecular and Cellular Biology (BT)
Therapeutic Laser Applications (BA)
Tissue Imaging and Spectroscopy (BS)
Fabrication, Design and Instrumentation Division
Fiber Modeling and Fabrication (FF)
Gamma, X-Ray and Extreme UV Optics (FX)
Holography and Diffractive Optics (FH)
Imaging Optical Design (FD)
Lasers in Manufacturing (FL)
NonImaging Optical Design (FN)
Optical Fabrication & Testing (FM)
Polarization (FP)
Systems and Instrumentation (FS)
Thin Films (FT)
Information Acquisition, Processing and Display Division
Applied Spectroscopy (IS)
Display Technology (IT)
Environmental Sensing (IE)
Image Sensing and Pattern Recognition (IR)
Optics in Digital Systems (ID)
Optical Interaction Science Division
Fundamental Laser Sciences (OF)
Nanophotonics (ON)
Nonlinear Optics (OL)
Optical Cooling and Trapping (OT)
Optical Material Studies (OM)
Photonic Metamaterials (OP)
Optical Metrology (OR)
Quantum Computing and Communication (OC)
Quantum Optical Science and Technology (OQ)
Short Wavelength Sources and Attosecond/High Field Physics (OH)
Ultrafast Optical Phenomena (OU)
Photonics and Opto-Electronics Division
Fiber Optics Technology (PF)
Integrated Optics (PI)
Laser Systems (PL)
Optical Communications (PC)
Optoelectronics (PO)
Photonic Detection (PD)
Optics for Energy (PS)
Vision and Color Division
Applications of Visual Science (VA)
Clinical Vision Sciences (VS)
Color (VC)
Vision (VV)


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Voting for Technical Group Open Nominations is now closed! Updates on selections coming soon.