Technical Communities

Technical Divisions

OSA currently has six broad technical divisions, each comprised of several 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.

All OSA Members may select up to five technical groups when they join or renew their membership. Current members can also update their technical group selections at any time by updating their profile in My Account.

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 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 included in the original pilot program are listed below. During 2013 this core group was expanded, and all of OSA's 43 technical groups now operate under the structure established by these pilot 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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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!