The Optical Society Blog

Building Stronger Connections as an OSA Intern

Throughout my semester-long internship with The Optical Society (OSA), I have enjoyed both growing my passion for S.T.E.A.M through interactions with various OSA programs and events, and learning more about the optics and photonics field.

Added: 05 Dec 2019


Celebrating International Volunteer Day and Wrapping up my Year as OSA President

On this International Volunteer Day, The Optical Society (OSA) graciously thanks all our volunteers who dedicate countless time and effort to advancing OSA’s mission. Volunteerism is invaluable to the Society and helps foster a strong global optics and photonics community. Furthermore, association with OSA leadership is a lifelong privilege, and as the 2019 OSA President, I look forward...

Added: 05 Dec 2019


Becoming an OSA council student representative

Nearly 10 years ago, I was offered the opportunity to represent all OSA student members and help shape the future of new OSA member programs. This dramatically changed my life and career perspective as I was directly influencing and endorsing new initiatives.

Added: 08 Nov 2019


The Optical Society Visits National Institute of Standards & Technology and University of Colorado B

October is Global Diversity Awareness Month and at The Optical Society (OSA), we proudly support and encourage diverse and inclusive membership and programming. As the Senior Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Volunteer Cultivation, I had the opportunity to visit the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) in Boulder, CO as well as JILA at the University of Colorado Boulder...

Added: 18 Oct 2019


OIDA Industry Profile – Laser Components GmbH

OIDA member Laser Components GmbH, Olching, Germany, sells and manufactures optical and optoelectronic components.  Today, the company focuses on developing and manufacturing new and innovative components and continues to serve as a distributor for fellow international manufacturers. Here, OSA spoke with Laser Components Head of Sales, Sven Schreiber, about his career and Laser Componets...

Added: 07 Oct 2019


Become Entangled in this Year’s FiO + LS Quantum Theme

Image Credit: Atom interferometer, courtesy of M Squared Lasers Limited. Quantum technologies, once an imaginative vision of the future, have emerged in recent years as an essential cornerstone of optics and photonics research and investment. The 2019 OSA Frontiers in Optics and APS/DLS Laser Science (FiO + LS) conference 15 – 19 September will give special focus to the current...

Added: 11 Sep 2019


Exploring Industry – doing basic optical research with big business.

How an ultrafast optics physicist forged healthy partnerships with industry while racing on the tenure-track.

Added: 29 Aug 2019


The Optical Society (OSA) Celebrates Historic 2019 Optics and Photonics Congress in Korea

It’s a wrap for the highly successful 2019 Optics and Photonics Congress, organized by the Optical Society of Korea (OSK) in Busan, Korea.

Added: 18 Jul 2019


Diversity: colors of unique thoughts, beauty of a painting

What is diversity and why  is it important for scientific communities? The Oxford Dictionary defines diversity as “a range of many people or things that are very different from each other.” If we start from this definition and try to link it to our society, we can see why diversity is vital for the healthy development of a scientific environment. 

Added: 18 Jul 2019


Applied Industrial Optics Meeting: An Informative 3rd Day

To start the last day of Applied Industrial Optics, Rainer Minixhofer presented the impressive wafer level work being done at ams AG in Switzerland developing ambient light sensor architectures that can further miniaturize devices like cell phones. Lisa Franceschini then treated the audience with a demo of 3D technology she is developing at Realvision SRL in Italy. With both hardware and...

Added: 18 Jul 2019