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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Webinar: Export Control Reform Proposed Rule Updates

8 March 2016, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Webinar: The Next Generation of Coherent Optical

2 March 2016, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Coherent detection and digital signal processing have led to a new and exciting paradigm in optical fiber communications, as they provide a substantial improvement in transport system capacity and functionality. Optical networking, and in particular the use of super-channel wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) technology, is the ideal way to efficiently transport extremely large amounts of data over long-haul terrestrial and subsea networks.

OSA Start-up Series: Plug and Play IoT Expo

10 December 2015, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

OSA is partnering with Plug and Play, a business accelerator that specializes in growing tech startups, to provide startup companies who have innovative optics and photonics technologies with a unique opportunity to find the funding they need to accelerate their business growth.

OIDA Workshop on State of the Art Integrated Photonics

3 November 2015, 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

This workshop continues a series of OIDA workshops that reviews the state of the art in photonic integration. It aims to address several questions related to the limits of commercialization of integrated photonics:

SBIR Photonics Funding Accelerator

2 November 2015, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Optical Society (OSA) will host a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding accelerator event on 02 November 2015. This meeting will bring together industry entrepreneurs and government agencies with the purpose of directing the development and funding of new advancements in photonics. SBIR programs are the U.S. government’s largest source of early stage research and development (R&D) funding for small business. During this meeting, members of The Optical Society will learn how to participate in and compete for funding and engage in Federal R&D programs and to commercialize photonics innovations. SBIR events, like this one, are a coveted opportunity for those involved in the advanced technology communities, including women- and minority-owned firms.

How to Communicate HighTech to the Market: PR/Marketing Workshop for Scientists and Startups

24 June 2015, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

OSA Entrepreneur Training workshop available at Laser Munich 2105.

2015 OSA Executive Forum

23 March 2015, 8:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Held every year in conjunction with OFC, the OSA Executive Forum features C-level panelists in an informal, uncensored setting discussing the latest issues facing companies in the business. Join more than 150 senior-level executives as they convene to discuss key themes, opportunities, and challenges facing the next generation in optical networking and communications. Highly valued by participants for the frank and open discussions, OSA Executive Forum sessions explore emerging trends and action plans for tackling today's toughest business challenges.

Photonics for Disaggregated Data Centers

22 March 2015, 12:33 PM - 12:34 PM

With increasingly challenging demands being placed on data centers, to perform many complex computational or network operations in addition to serving end users, there is growing pressure to find innovative low cost, efficient architectures. One approach is to move away from a host or servers based architecture and instead organize the various computing, memory, storage, and networking resources for maximum efficiency. This often means pooling common resources into central locations or realizing the data center as a supercomputer model. This approach can also be used to maximize application efficiency by taking advantage of the modularity of dis‐aggregation and choosing and / or updating resources that best meet the specific requirement.

Webinar: Adaptive Optics: Latest Results in Vision Science, Microscopy and Astronomy

12 March 2015, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Adaptive optics (AO) allows user to correct aberration and to recover high quality images. The webinar will cover three applications of AO: vision science, microscopy, and astronomy. 3 AO key opinions leaders will share some of their latest results.

Webinar: Light on a Chip: The Future of Photonic Integration

10 December 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Communicating with light (i.e., photons) on fiber has allowed the Internet to grow from transmission rates of a few kilobits per second into the terabit age. Over the same period silicon-based integration proved its value in the realm of electronics by transforming the way integrated circuits are built and fueling technology advances that have led to the Internet and the Cloud. Today photonic integration is transforming the way the optical networks that enable the Internet and Cloud are built. December 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of commercial shipments of long-haul optical networking solutions based on the world’s first large scale photonic integrated circuit. This webinar briefly chronicles the evolution of photonic integration, the state of the art of photonic integration and future directions for this technology. We cover how these chips are designed and manufactured, why they are so incredibly reliable, and ultimately how they are integrated into a complete transport network architecture. We also look at the market opportunities for this technology in an Internet that is increasingly driven by Cloud-based architectures.

Webinar: Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation Q & A

25 November 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

On November 5, the U.S. Department of Defense announced the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), for an Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI). The institute will be funded with approximately $110 million by the Department of Defense and must be matched 1:1 by the private sector. The manufacturing institute will be led by a non-profit and consist of large, medium, and small companies, as well as, universities and other educational institutions. In addition to bridging the gap between research and product development, the IP-IMIs will have a workforce and education component.

OIDA Workshop on State of the Art Integrated Photonics

5 November 2014, 3:02 PM - 3:02 PM

This workshop continues a series of OIDA workshops that reviews the state of the art in photonic integration in optical communications. It aims to address several questions: How does photonic integration address the emerging business needs of optical communications? What is the experience of deployment? What are the novel integration concepts and what are the key challenges in productization? Which forms of integration match specific applications within communications? What are some of the new and noteworthy products being commercialized today? The workshop will examine the commercialization of components and subsystems and their applications, as opposed to purely research achievements in photonic integration. The workshop will discuss applications across telecom and data center networks.

21st OIDA Annual Forum

4 November 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

OIDA's Annual Forum brings key stakeholders together in Washington, D.C. to maximize discussion between industry, government, and academic decision-makers.

Webinar: The Freedom of Freeforms: Current Optics Manufacturing Methods Allow for Freeform Optical Designs

16 October 2014, 3:55 PM - 3:55 PM

Freeform optical shapes or optical surfaces that are designed with non-symmetric features are gaining popularity with lens designers and optical system integrators. A common question about freeform optics is, “If I design it, can you really make it?” This webinar outlines current optical fabrication capabilities and associated optical tolerance guidelines for freeforms.

Webinar: Polarization Related Emulation and Testing in Coherent Optical Communication Systems

27 August 2014, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

As optical communication systems become increasingly complex with high level modulations and broader bandwidth, understanding of the properties of the system impairments and their effective compensation is essential to maintaining reliable system performance. Polarization related impairments such as Polarization variation, polarization dependent loss, and polarization mode dispersion particularly challenging due to their dynamic nature. The focus of this webinar is to introduce methods of monitoring and emulation of polarization related impairments as essential tools for analysis and mitigation of these dynamic system impairments.

Webinar: Department of Energy's SBIR/STTR Program Office and Solicitation Process Overview

24 June 2014, 3:21 PM - 3:21 PM

An overview of the Department of Energy's SBIR/STTR Program Office and solicitation process.

Webinar: National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) Background Information & Information on DOD RFI

17 June 2014, 1:15 PM - 1:16 PM

On June 2, 2014, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced a Request for Information (RFI), the first step in the process of creating a new public-private Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IMI) as part of the President’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). In the RFI, the DoD lists six potential technological areas under consideration, which includes photonics. Only two will be selected which is why it is critical for our community to weigh in. The RFI can be found here.

OIDA 100GbE per Lambda for Data Center Workshop

12 June 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

OIDA and Ethernet Alliance are partnering to host a workshop on 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) per lambda interconnects targeting data center networks.

Webinar: Carrier SDN for Multi-layer Control: Savings and Services

7 May 2014, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Network operators today face significant operational challenges when it comes to provisioning services that span multiple networking layers. Network operations in traditional carrier environments are complex and involve both multiple vendor-specific management systems and operational support systems and processes that span multiple organizational boundaries. SDN with its concept of network programmability has the promise to speed provisioning in such environments. With the plethora of legacy systems and protocols in traditional carrier networks, however, a pragmatic SDN controller approach that is modular and encourages a multi-vendor controller environment is very appealing in comparison to monolithic controllers. This webinar will present a proof of concept SDN framework that was developed using IETF’s Application Based Network Operations (ABNO) approach to support the orchestration and provisioning of services across a multi-vendor, multi-layer IP/MPLS and optical transport network. It will cover concepts relating to multi-layer SDN, including automating network and service provisioning, orchestration of multi-layer operations, ensuring a modular SDN control layer architecture, and associated enabling technologies, such as OpenFlow, NETCONF, REST, PCE, BGP-LS, and GMPLS.

2014 OSA Executive Forum

10 March 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Held every year in conjunction with OFC, the OSA Executive Forum features C-level panelists in an informal, uncensored setting discussing the latest issues facing companies in the business. Join more than 150 senior-level executives as they convene to discuss key themes, opportunities, and challenges facing the next generation in optical networking and communications. Highly valued by participants for the frank and open discussions, OSA Executive Forum sessions explore emerging trends and action plans for tackling today's toughest business challenges.

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