Industry

Industry Events

Grow your business network at an Optica industry event.

Access quality information, unparalleled professional networking, and unique opportunities to grow your business at Optica industry events.

We offer a variety of in-person, virtual and hybrid events—both stand-alone, and at major conferences and exhibitions. These include dedicated workshops and forums on key optics and photonics topics, special funding events, and intimate networking dinners. Participate in an Industry event to advance your career and your company’s bottom line.

Check back frequently as new events are continually being posted. Past events—both live and virtual/on-demand—can be viewed by clicking the “Past Events” tab below.

Sponsored Webinar: Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy: Why Would I Need a THz Spectrometer?

28 September 2021, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Being a blank spot on the available energetic radiation map for many years, recent developments have propelled terahertz (THz) spectroscopy to a rapidly emerging field of research and application. Being a leading developer and global supplier of instrumentation for high-precision metrology, Menlo Systems continuously implements its latest developments in laser and stabilization technology into industry proven and turn-key THz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) systems. In this webinar we discuss state-of-the-art, all-fiber coupled THz-TDS systems, from most versatile to compact and portable, and novel, high-speed spectroscopy and imaging solutions at world-leading performance of 6 THz bandwidth with dynamic range as high as 100dB! We present how Menlo Systems’ proprietary figure 9® laser mode locking technology delivers unbeaten reliability and superior results to various application fields, such as material characterization, biosensing, THz research, and non-destructive material testing.

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Laser Applications Conference

3 October 2021, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Focuses on materials processing and applications for high power lasers. At LAC, you’ll be immersed in an innovative learning environment that introduces new, groundbreaking information, offers insightful knowledge, showcases cutting-edge products, and engages your active participation in important debates and discussions.

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Trends of the European photonics in a more global supply chain

4 October 2021, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The optics and photonics industry is global, with companies commonly headquartered in one continent, manufacturing in another, and selling to a customer in another. They also compete globally, even often buying or selling to their competitors. The conventional wisdom is that fair global competition is good in the long run for both specific companies and the industry overall. But while companies want to compete in foreign markets, they aren’t eager to invite competition to their markets. Moreover, a global industry also means that not only do products cross borders, but capital crosses borders too. International mergers and acquisitions can create exits for investors, but a loss of control, possibly a loss of jobs. How can companies protect vulnerable supply chains? How do government trade agencies balance these competing interests? Hear what our panelists have to say from different perspectives and join the discussion.

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Sponsored Webinar: A Simulation Environment for QKD Systems and Co-Existing Classical Channels

6 October 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Recently VPIphotonics developed a new simulation tool, VPItoolkit™ QKD. When used together with VPItransmissionMaker Optical Systems, a simulation environment for classical transmission systems, they represent a powerful R&D environment for the development of QKD systems based on weak-coherent prepare-and-measure protocols, including co-existence scenarios with classical channels. The design environment can serve as a test bed for the development and evaluation of various implementation options of QKD systems and sub-systems, such as pulse shaping, signal recovery and filtering, and others. The toolkit offers capabilities for modeling a wide range of component imperfections by inheriting the versatile numerical approach of VPItransmissionMaker™ Optical Systems (part of VPIphotonics Design Suite™), including thermal noise, ADC quantization noise, RIN, phase noise, dark count rates, afterpulsing, dead time, etc. Also, exploiting the powerful model libraries coming with VPItransmissionMaker™ Optical Systems, the toolkit allows the investigation of various deteriorate effects such as Raman scattering and crosstalk from classical channels in co-existence scenarios. The native sweep and scripting functionality offers a convenient way to optimize simulation parameters such as modulation amplitude, photons per pulse, filter bandwidth, BB84 basis probability, symbol rate, and others. In the webinar we discuss modules for both CV- and DV-QKD including transmitters and receivers, parameter estimation, and secret key rate calculation and show live demos of various application examples.

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Innovation in Optics: A Zemax Perspective

7 October 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Join Zemax CTO Sanjay Gangadhara as he reviews recent innovations in the optics and photonics industry and discusses how these innovations are being driven by key technologies such as diffractive optics and computational imaging. Dr. Gangadhara will also describe how simulation of these technologies enables rapid advancements in applications from data communications to LIDAR, medical imaging to mixed reality.

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Sponsored Webinar: The Harsh Realities of Testing Ruggedized Fiber Assemblies

12 October 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ruggedized fiber optic cable assemblies are gaining prevalence in the communication industry. They are used in a wide breadth of applications, from connecting high speed 5G communication hubs together to facilitating high speed communications on modern fighter aircraft. The plethora of variations among these assemblies and their basic physical structure present unique challenges in measuring them for insertion loss and return loss. This webinar will focus on different methods and test setups for qualifying optical connections of ruggedized and harsh environment assemblies while maintaining a high level of accuracy in the measurements. The webinar will review the different methods and the benefits and drawbacks of each method.

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Technology Showcase

13 October 2021, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Looking for new products for your organization and information about the latest technology? Join us online Wednesday 13 October 2021 and Thursday 14 October 2021 from 09:30 EST (UTC - 04:00) each day and get an in depth look as member companies present and explain their cutting-edge technologies.

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Concepts of Optical Communication Systems

13 October 2021, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Optical communication systems have provided ever-increasing data transmission capacities, and there is a set of core concepts that are fundamental to understanding many of the crucial technical areas. The intent of this course is to provide key background information to enable participants to facilitate an understanding of more advanced topics in this area.

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Beyond Academia: Connecting Industry with the Next Generation of Leaders

13 October 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Navigating between academia and industry can be a distinctive journey. Join OIDA as we host a yearlong series devoted to connecting students and early career professionals with leaders in industry to help guide you through your unique career path.

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Sponsored Webinar: How to Improve the Signal Acquisition for Optical Measurements

19 October 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The goal of optical measurements in fields such as spectroscopy or imaging is often to measure smaller and smaller effects or faster processes. All measurements share the same challenge: recover a signal covered in noise after the optical signal is converted into an electronic one.

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Sponsored Webinar: Accurate Laser Measurements: Why, When, and How

20 October 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The most fundamental method for checking the performance of your laser is to measure its power or energy output as this output directly affects the laser’s ability to perform. Measurement is important from the time the laser is first manufactured, through system integration, and on to final use. So you’re measuring your laser beam. You get a reading. Do you care if your laser measurement is on target? The answer is most likely an emphatic yes!

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From 5G to 6G: Challenges and Opportunities

21 October 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

In this presentation, I will highlight major research and innovation challenges for emerging 6G system. I will examine key performance parameters (KPIs), and likely applications which require such stringent KPIs. I will also introduce technology enablers which will underpin 6G systems.

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Managing (and Leading) a Project Team

9 November 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Principles for more effective technical leadership. As we scientists and engineers advance in our careers, many of us move on to roles where we manage a project, a team, or even an entire business unit. To be effective, we find we must learn many new skills that were not part of our technical training. Effective leaders often find that some habits and patterns of thinking they developed during their technical training don’t work so well when leading a group to achieve challenging goals. We also find that understanding how to manage a team is not the same as ‘leading’ a team to accomplish great things. In this webinar we will review some important principles that address some of the toughest questions that technical managers face: What’s most important for keeping a project on schedule? How do good leaders make hard decisions? What do you do when there’s no good answer? Is the maxim ‘Ask for forgiveness, not permission’ actually good advice? If you are a manager, or if you aspire to become one, this webinar will give you insight that will help you be more effective.

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Mobile optical pluggables (MOPA) – solutions, technologies and standardization of optics for 5G

11 November 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

This talk will outline the recent work by 5 leading companies (Ericsson, Nokia, Sumitomo, Lumentum, II-VI) in the initiative called mobile optical pluggables (MOPA). The MOPA initiative has produced a 55-page technical paper outlining all relevant optical solutions for 5G networks. These solutions, called optical blueprints, cover all parts of the 5G network: the low-layer split (aka fronthual), high-layer split, and backhaul, for all relevant distances (2-80 km), and technologies (grey optics, WDM optics, packet multiplexing, PON). Finally, an outlook into future needs and technologies will be made.

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OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Recent Development in Advanced Bandpass Filter Manufacturing for Point of Care Devices

On Demand

16 September 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Delta Optical Thin Film has invested in Magnetron Coating technology allowing development and manufacturing of very advanced optical filters at very attractive prices. This webinar will show examples of what can be achieved.


OIDA Sponsored Webinar: How Design Tools Help You to Leverage Photonic Integration for New Applications

On Demand

1 September 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

With photonic integration making more inroads and getting mature, optical chips are bound to get larger and more complex. But this calls for more sophisticated modeling tools, first of all to well handle these larger chips, but also in order to allow for first time right, similar to what happens with electronic IC designs. During this webinar, a number of use cases will be discussed that span a range of PIC applications and that illustrate how complex active and passive structures can be best modeled. The webinar is intended for everyone who is interested in photonic integration and does not require prior PIC modeling expertise.


Coherent optical communication for B5G and 6G fronthaul

25 August 2021, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Coherent optical communication has made great progress in the past decade, enabling a large capacity increase for long-haul and metro optical networks. As the cost and power consumption of coherent transceiver continuously decreases, its application in mobile fronthaul network is receiving increasing attentions. This webinar will introduce various aspects of coherent technologies in the scenario of B5G and 6G fronthaul, including high speed modulation, energy-efficient implementation of digital signal processing, point-to-multipoint architecture, resource allocation, and so forth.


Resilience: Career Growth and Insights

19 August 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Sometimes we get lost in the throws of life- work, family, school, children, deadlines, deliverables, milestones, pregnancies, death, life. And while “life” is happening, we somehow believe we are “in-control”. In an instant, this sense of control can be shaken to its core by a death, tragedy, job loss or other life “shift”. March 2020 marked a shift in the way we lived and did business. While countries gave it various names- Shelter-in-place, Lockdown, Quarantine - the world saw a change in the way we lived our daily lives. People went from going to work every day to work-at-home, or in many cases, job shifts, furloughs or job loss. There are many items that are important in times like these – health and wellness (in all aspects of your being), safety, security, shelter, clothing, nourishment (to name a few). It can certainly feel like the carpet has been ripped from under you when circumstances change. Whether you are feeling the impact of COVID-19, a change at work or home, or you are getting ready to make a change, this workshop is designed to help you understand that you were made for such a time as this. This session will provide you with frameworks to use as you continue in your current role, and/or transition to your next opportunity and/or move to the next phase in your life. Each person’s transition is different, and we will provide you with tools to assist you in this moment in time, as well as reference material to assist you during your transition. Ultimately, you will walk away understanding that there is a purpose behind your path, and guidelines as to how to maximize it.


OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Photonic Crystal Design Within the OptiFDTD Environment

18 August 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The webinar will be exploring the design and analysis functionality of the OptiFDTD product as applied to photonic crystal based structures.


Laser Systems Engineering

17 August 2021, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

While there are a number of courses on laser design, this course emphasizes a systems‐level overview of the design and engineering of optical systems which incorporate these unique sources of light. Starting with a review of Gaussian beam characteristics and propagation, we then look at laser system optics, beam control and scanning, detectors specific to laser systems, and the integration of these topics for developing a complete laser-based optical system. The emphasis is on real‐world design problems, as well as the commercial off-the‐shelf (COTS) components used to solve them.


OIDA Sponsored Webinar: Multicore SM and MM Fibers with Trenches and Air-Hole Assisted

28 July 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Optiwave Systems Inc. offers software tools that can be used to simulate & analyze single-mode and multimode multicore fibers with/without trenches and air-hole assisted structures. The supported modes in the structure are accurately obtained by modal analysis in OptiMode software. Then, the coupling coefficients between the modes in the same core or different cores are calculated and the crosstalk is found using OptiSystem software. The crosstalk parameters are used also in OptiSystem software to simulate modulated signal transmission in MCF as will be demonstrated in this webinar.


OIDA Sponsored Webinar: How to Measure Pulse-to-Pulse Laser Energy Accurately for All Energy Levels

21 July 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Does your laser system always produce the exact same energy output? One may be tempted to assume that lasers always produce energy as per their specifications and that it never changes over time. The reality is often very different.


Can a Scientist Find a Rewarding Career in Industry?

On Demand

15 July 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

When considering a career in industry, many scientists face real challenges. We know that the private sector is a great place for engineers, but what about those of us with science training? Can we find a rewarding career path? Will we enjoy working in industry? In the last ten years I have interviewed dozens of scientists who have built successful careers in industry, seeking to learn what they enjoy about their careers and what strengths made them so successful. This webinar is a compilation of what I’ve learned from those interviews, as well as from my own private sector career, to answer that critical question posed in the title.


5G Summit

13 July 2021, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The 5G Summit will examine the latest developments in 5G and the critical role of optical network technologies as key enabler. It provides a platform for industry leaders, innovators, researchers, and the government community to learn, network and exchange ideas.


OIDA Sponsored Webinar: OptiInstrument Software for Testing, Characterization and Automation

On Demand

24 June 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The features of Optiwave’s Instruments Communication and Control software tool (OptiInstrument) will be introduced and demonstrated for different applications. OptiInstrument software satisfies the demands of users who are searching for a powerful yet easy tool to physically or remotely communicate with and controls variety of instruments. The newly added smart logic and conditioning control features allow users to better automate and control the testing & characterization of different instruments in the lab or at the manufacturing floors. Long term stability tests can be executed using OptiInstrument software.


Power over Fiber in support of 5G and IoT

On Demand

23 June 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This webinar will introduce the concept of Power over Fiber (PoF) and potential applications envisioned of that technology in support of 5G networks with optical fronthauling using different types of optical fibers from SMF to MCF with SDM capabilities. It will cover dedicated and shared scenarios showing different tests on ARoF transmission for different modulation formats compliant with 5G New Radio (NR) standard. All as part of works in H2020 BlueSPACE (https://bluespace-5gppp.squarespace.com/news) and TEFLON (http://teflon-cm.es/). Some proposals in the IoT environment will also be shown. It will be an open forum to discuss about the potential of PoF fostering the pending energy efficiency strategy in 5G networks and beyond.


2021 OIDA Executive Forum

2 June 2021, 12:00 AM - 3:00 PM

2021 OIDA Executive Forum


2021 OIDA Executive Forum

2 June 2021, 12:00 AM - 3:00 PM

2021 OIDA Executive Forum


Optical Networking an Enabler for 5G and Beyond

On Demand

26 May 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Digital technologies have been identified as key in addressing fundamental challenges associated with societal and economic objectives, such as improved quality of living for citizens, sustainable development and economic growth. In this context, 5G infrastructures will play a fundamental role in bringing these technologies to society transforming their every day’s life in the way services are provided, and businesses are run. However, this transformation requires new service capabilities that network operators need to support including: i) connectivity for a growing number of very diverse devices, ii) ubiquitous access with varying degrees of mobility in heterogeneous environments and, iii) mission critical services, supporting highly variable performance attributes in a cost and energy-efficient manner. These demanding and diverse requirements bring the need of a paradigm shift migrating from closed purposely developed infrastructures into open elastic ecosystems able to support a variety of very diverse services and end-users. These ecosystems will rely on flexible architectural models adopting convergence and integration of a variety of network and compute technologies, network softwarisation, hardware programmability and disaggregation of compute/storage and network resources. In this context, the webinar will focus on describing the relevant ecosystem and the key role that advanced optical networking solutions can play in the 5G era and beyond. Performance evaluation results as well as relevant demonstration activities will be also discussed.


Access network evolution: convergence, virtualization and intelligent control for 5G and beyond

On Demand

24 May 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This talk will present some recent innovations in access networks architectures, protocols and technology to enhance support for 5G and beyond. It will explore how virtualisation and open networking have changed the research scene and boosted investigation of Machine learning and AI for development of intelligent control planes. It will also show evolution paths towards seamless integration of central office, edge cloud and wireless access.


From PhD to CEO: Making An Exciting Leap Into Business with Ruth Mackey

On Demand

20 May 2021, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ever wondered what challenges you might face when not only transitioning to industry but also when setting up your own business? In this webinar series, young European entrepreneurs share their stories of how they moved from the lab to the executive office. Register for this one to hear about Ruth Mackey's story about mBryonics.


Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite Communications - Friend or Foe?

On Demand

20 May 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Webscale companies have fundamentally changed the optical networking market - will they do the same for satellite communications?


OIDA Sponsored Webinar: How to Choose the Right Diffraction Grating for Pulse Compression

On Demand

19 May 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Diffraction gratings are critical components for most Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA) laser systems. There are many different grating types (metal, all-dielectric, and hybrid metal-dielectric reflection gratings, as well as transmission gratings), and equally as many trade-offs relating to diffraction efficiency, spectral and angular bandwidth, polarization, laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT), and temporal dispersion, to name a few. Choosing the right grating for a given laser system can be very confusing. In this webinar we will describe how you can make the best grating selection for your laser requirements.


OIDA Sponsored Webinar: How to Monitor Laser System Performance With Power Measurement

On Demand

6 May 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Does your laser system always produce the exact same output? The laser itself, the optical components that guide your laser’s light to its delivery point and also the surrounding environment, all have an impact on the output and efficiency of your processes. To ensure consistent, repeatable results, it is important to track your system’s health at various checkpoints. Do you know how to measure it?

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