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)
Photobiomodulation (BL)
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)



Join the OSA Technical Groups at the following special events taking place at CLEO: 2016 in San Jose, California this June!

OSA Workshop on New Regimes for Nonlinear Optics
Monday, 6 June, 12:00 – 13:00, Room 231B

This workshop will be hosted by the Short Wavelength Sources & Attosecond/High Field Physics Technical Group; RSVP required to

OSA Technical Group Poster Sessions
Monday, 6 June, 19:00 – 20:00, Room 230B
This joint technical group poster session will feature presentations from members of the following groups:
  • Optical Biosensors Technical Group
  • Optical Material Studies Technical Group
  • Optoelectronics Technical Group
  • Nanophotonics Technical Group