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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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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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Passive Optical Network for 5G Fronthaul

On Demand

2 June 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This webinar will first introduce the passive optical network (PON) technologies and the latest standards effort. It will focus on the PON applications as 5G fronthaul transport network. Bandwidth and latency are analyzed as the two key requirements of 5G fronthaul. Various mappings between 5G network CU/DU/RU to PON are discussed to meet the requirements. Recent industry test and trial results will be reported.


OIDA Webinar Series: Opportunities to Enhance Liquidity

On Demand

28 May 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Short-term challenges in accessing liquidity are a result of some businesses having their supply chains fundamentally disrupted, being unable to operate and, in many cases, having little to no visibility on their outlook. Lenders have correspondingly shifted from being willing to lend subject to higher pricing and somewhat tighter covenants, to being much more focused on what the corporate earnings picture is over the short-term, medium-term and long-term. This webinar will discuss some strategies on how to maximize debt capacity and operational flexibility under current financing arrangements and provide critical market intelligence as to the best practices possible in strategically dealing with COVID-19 effects and what liquidity-enhancing solutions are available in the market.


Free OIDA Webinar Series: Customer and Supplier Contracts in Crisis Managing Contracts and Risks - a Legal Perspective of Best Practices and Case Studies

21 May 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

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OIDA Sponsored Webinar: 3D and Snapshot Hyperspectral Cameras Based on Continuously Variable Filters

On Demand

20 May 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

With the availability of new spectral filtering technologies, Hyperspectral Imaging is on its way to becoming broadly available for industrial and commercial volume applications after only being affordable for space and defence industries. Continuously Variable Bandpass Filters are an innovative alternative with unique benefits to prisms, gratings and wafer-level coated filters. You will learn how to make use of Continuously Variable Bandpass Filters to design powerful 3D and snapshot Hyperspectral Imaging cameras.


U.S. Federal Government COVID-19 Assistance Programs for Companies, Not for Profits available from the U.S. Small Business Administration & Federal Reserve Bank

On Demand

19 May 2020, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

U.S. Federal Government COVID-19 Assistance Programs for Companies, Not for Profits available from the U.S. Small Business Administration & Federal Reserve Bank


FREE OIDA Webinar Series: Insights from the Investment Community: Post Covid-19 Outlooks

On Demand

7 May 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

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OIDA Webinar Series: Navigating Rough Employment Waters: Advice from an Employment Attorney

On Demand

30 April 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

As companies are battling to keep operations running, protecting and retaining their workforce is on the forefront of their minds. Faced with declining sales, disruptive supply-chains, and forced closure of businesses, employers are being forced to consider pay-cuts, lay-offs, reduction in hours, or furlough of their employees. While a time of stress for employers and employees alike, it is also an opportunity for re-invention and innovation. OIDA Council Member, Anjul Loiacono, will moderate a discussion with Tracy Armstrong, an employment attorney at Wilentz Law Firm. Tracy will provide her expert advice to employers and employees as they navigate these times. This Webinar will primarily cover employment law in the United States, however we encourage all our OIDA Members to attend to collect ideas and perspectives on how to manage your workforce during a crisis.


OIDA Webinar Series: Maneuvering through the Supply Chain Minefield: Targeting a V-Profile Recovery from COVID-19

On Demand

23 April 2020, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Debbie Wilson from Lumentum will moderate a fireside chat with Gray Williams. Gray will share advice from lessons learned managing and fighting fires in global supply chains for over 30 years with numerous systems and component firms including Oclaro, Logitech, 3Com, AMD and NEC . He has also served as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and currently consults to a variety firms, bringing senior leadership and processes in communications, logistics, planning and execution toward improving customer satisfaction, profitability and cash flow.


OIDA Webinar Series Kickoff: Navigating Your Businesses Out of the COVID-19 Storm

On Demand

16 April 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

OIDA Response to Covid-19 Webinar Series will share timely content with our industry community.


Neurophotonics: reading and writing neuronal activity at the relevant spatiotemporal scales

On Demand

9 April 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Dr. Valentina Emiliani will review the most significant breakthroughs of the past years, which enable reading and writing neuronal activity at the relevant spatiotemporal scale for brain circuits manipulation, with particular emphasis on the most recent advances in circuit optogenetics.


Mueller Polarimetry of Structured and Random Media: from Metrology to Biomedicine

On Demand

7 April 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

The basics of optical polarization and Mueller polarimetry as well as the review of physical phenomena of interaction of polarized light with different complex media (layered, periodical, scattering, anisotropic and absorbing) will be introduced first. Then it will be demonstrated that theoretical and experimental studies of interaction of polarized light with matter provide a lot of valuable information about the macroscopic and microscopic properties of object under study, including its diattenuation, birefringence, depolarization, scattering and absorption properties, surface topography, etc. This information can be used in numerous applications, from optical metrology to cancer detection and staging. The basic advantages of optical polarimetric techniques consist in being relatively low-cost, fast, non-contact and non-destructive, thus allowing in-situ and real-time measurements in many applications.


The Rise of Freeform Surfaces in the Design of Optical Systems

6 April 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Freeform optics has set a new path for optical system design across a wide range of applications spanning from microscopy to space optics, including the billion $ consumer market of near-eye displays for augmented reality that set us on this technology path in the first place. Today, freeform optics have been demonstrated to yield compact, achromatic, and high-performance imaging systems that are poised to enable the science of tomorrow. In this webinar, we will briefly introduce freeform optics and highlight emerging design methods. We will then present success stories and highlight active research in digital viewfinder, imager, and spectrometer designs that we anticipate will stimulate cooperation towards accelerating gain in enabling knowledge in freeform optics.


2020 OIDA Executive Forum at OFC

9 March 2020, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

The premier event for leaders in optical networking and communications, OIDA Executive Forum provides attendees with an exclusive opportunity to hear insider perspectives in an uncensored environment, while participating in high-level networking. This annual event showcases prominent industry leaders in the optical networking and communications sector as they present the latest technological advances and business models. Attendees participate in cutting-edge discussions and unmatched peer-to-peer networking as they hear real world solutions to help better manage their businesses.


OIDA Workshop On Embedded Photonic Manufacturing for Data Centers

8 March 2020, 7:30 AM - 6:30 AM

Data centers increasingly rely on embedded photonics for enhanced connectivity between servers, memory, and computational systems. Furthermore, the integration of photonic functionality on to a single chip and co-packaged with electronics provides a route to further increase bandwidth and operational efficiencies, addressing many of the emerging challenges on data centre roadmaps. In addition new applications for photonics are emerging in AI and machine learning, which will likely require advanced packaging approaches supporting high bandwidth connectivity. However, even though embedded photonic technologies have been shown to achieve much lower link and switch budgets when compared to conventional electronic technologies, their wide-spread deployment is still impeded by significant technical, manufacturing and cost barriers.


Using non-linear optics to shine light on aerospace engineering challenges

On Demand

19 February 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Sir Horace Lamb famously said that “I am an old man now, and when I die and go to heaven, there are two matters on which I hope for enlightenment. One is quantum electrodynamics and the other is the turbulent motion of fluids. About the former, I am really rather optimistic.” Although nowadays we can travel in less than a day’s time from Perth, Australia to London, UK, and from Newark, USA to Singapore, there are still many open scientific questions in the aerospace engineering realm, especially when it comes to supersonic and hypersonic flight. Mastering hypersonic wind tunnels is one key component of the research involved but advanced, accurate and non-perturbative diagnostics is another key part. In this talk I will discuss laser diagnostic efforts developed to tackle the latter, by concentrating on the research efforts of our group in this field by utilizing Coherent Rayleigh-Brillouin scattering (CRBS).


How to control infrared light with phonon polaritons: a tutorial

On Demand

18 February 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Phonon polaritons (PhPs) emerge from the strong interaction between infrared (IR) photons within a spectral band and the atomic lattice vibrations (phonons) in ionic or ionic-like materials. In the vicinity of phonon polaritons extraordinary photonic responses are available; high-permittivity, near-zero permittivity (ENZ) as well as plasmonic-like properties are possible. This webinar tutorial will take the attendee from the basics of PhP photonic responses to current advanced PhP paradigms and metamaterials reporting on extreme IR light control. These platforms unleash new capabilities to harness IR light impacting a range of modern applications and gave rise to the emerging and growing field known as phonon polaritonics.


The journey to higher precision freeform optics

On Demand

18 February 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Freeform optical surfaces have been offering optical designers and system integrators the ability to design lighter weight, off-axis and more compact systems for over three decades. Manufacturing innovations are gradually increasing the availability of precision freeform optics. This talk will overview examples of challenges and successes that have been encountered in the manufacturing, testing, and aligning of freeforms, highlighting the importance of partnership between optical designers, fabricators and system integrators in the process


Optical Biopsy with Gabor Domain Optical Coherence Microscopy

On Demand

17 February 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Breaking the cellular resolution limit of optical coherence tomography, Gabor-domain optical coherence microscopy achieves an isotropic 2-micron resolution in 3D, opening the path towards optical biopsy.


Enhancing Wireless Communications with Photonics

On Demand

17 February 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

With the increase in demand for bandwidth, the current wireless communication networks are reaching a bottleneck. Microwave photonics (MWP), which combines the advantages of microwave electronics and photonics thus enabling larger bandwidths and increased flexibility has the potential to release this bottleneck. In this webinar, I will introduce the world of MWP and will highlight how it can be a driving force for next-generation communications. I will then outline our recent efforts to solve some of the current challenges using on-chip photonic devices


Vision- and Sensor-based Human Activity Recognition

On Demand

17 February 2020, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Globally, research activities on healthcare, elderly support, smart homes, activity of daily living (ADL) are progressing rapidly due to the advent of IoT sensor-based systems and devices. There is a huge progress recently on vision-based activity and gait analysis – because of the availability of GPUs and the intense involvement of deep learning-based methodologies. However, the challenges are complex and diversified, and hence, the progress in these domains are still constrained by a number of genuine challenges. In this webinar, these scopes and challenges will be summarized and some way outs will be outlined.

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