Technical Groups

OSA Technical Groups

OSA Members are encouraged to join up to five technical groups free of charge. Associating with these groups ensures that you will receive updates on OSA publications, meetings and activities in your areas of interest. 

Joining Technical Groups:

Current OSA Members - If you are currently an OSA member and would like to update your technical group selections, you may do so by visiting the My Account section of

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If you are not currently an OSA Member, we encourage you to join today! OSA's Technical Groups are categorized into technical divisions and groups, and you will have the option to select up to five technical groups during your enrollment process.

OSA Technical Groups and Divisions

Technical Division Included Technical Groups
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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