Technical Groups

OSA Technical Groups

OSA Members are encouraged to join up to five technical groups as part of their member benefits. These specialized technical groups designed to unite members with colleagues and leaders within their subfield of optics and photonics.

Joining an OSA Technical Group ensures that you will receive updates on OSA meetings, publications, activities and networking opportunities tailored to your areas of interest.

Joining Technical Groups

Current OSA Members can update their technical group selections at any time by updating their profile in My Account. If you need assistance with updating your technical groups, please contact OSA Customer Service.

If you are not currently an OSA Member, we encourage you to join today! 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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OSA Technical Group members had the opportunity to elect new leaders for their groups in February 2016. Congratulations to all of the individuals who were selected to lead an OSA Technical Group:
  • David Busch, Therapeutic Laser Applications
  • Paul Campagnola, Tissue Imaging and Spectroscopy
  • Yunlong Sheng, Holography and Diffractive Optics
  • Peng Xi, Imaging Optical Design
  • Martynas Beresna, Lasers in Manufacturing
  • Fabian Duerr, NonImaging Optical Design
  • Catalin Florea, Optical Fabrication and Testing
  • Hossein Alisafaee, Polarization
  • Jacob Khurgin, Photonic Metamaterials
  • John Lowell, Optical Cooling and Trapping
  • Caroline Lai, Optical Communications
  • Fatima Toor, Laser Systems
  • Kensuke Ogawa, Integrated Optics

The OSA Technical Groups organized a number of special events for their members at Frontiers in Optics, held in San Jose, California, this past October. Events included a student poster session, workshops and panel discussion. Be sure to check out all the photos from the technical group events at FiO!