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Technical Groups

OSA technical communities bring together members from around the globe to help foster lasting, valuable connections.

OSA currently has six broad technical divisions, each comprised of several specialized technical groups designed to unite members with colleagues and leaders within their sub-field of optics and photonics. OSA Technical Groups aim to create vibrant, active communities for all of our members to participate in. Our technical groups provide valuable leadership and learning experiences, opportunities to expand your network and create lasting connections within in your field.

OSA Members are encouraged to join technical groups in their areas of interest, which offer:

  • Exclusive networking events for a chance to connect with fellow members
  • Special events with tailored programming at OSA meetings
  • Technical webinars presented weekly by leaders in the field and over 100 webinars available to watch on-demand
  • Online forums to engage in discussions with members across the globe
  • Focused information on the latest news and developments in the field
  • Opportunities to explore emerging topics in the group’s subfield of optics and photonics

With 44 different technical groups to select from, you can be sure to find a community offering the latest news, information and events of interest to you.

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.

Technical Divisions & Groups

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 Management and Propagation (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 and Applications (PF)
Integrated Photonics (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)