What is optics and photonics?
Posted on 30 August 2009

From fiber optics and telecommunications to medical imaging and cancer research, optics and photonics are advancing today’s critical technologies. Based on the science of light, optics and photonics are specialized fields of physics and engineering. These technologies are prevalent in almost every aspect of day-to-day life. From your computer screen to your cell phone and car headlights, optics and photonics are critical technologies that will continue to grow and enhance people’s lives.

OSA Mission

OSA’s mission is to promote the generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide. The purposes of the Society are scientific, technical and educational.

OSA brings together optics and photonics scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders. OSA is dedicated to providing its members and the scientific community with educational resources that support technical and professional development. OSA publications, events and services help to advance the science of light by addressing the ongoing need for shared knowledge and innovation. The Society's commitment to excellence and long-term learning is the driving force behind all its initiatives.

OSA History

The Optical Society of America was founded in 1916 by the Rochester local section. The formation of the Society was motivated in large part by a need to bring together a fragmented industrial and academic group of people with common interests in the field of optics. While a major part of this was fulfilled by the creation of the Society’s journal and later publications, the personal interactions brought about through local section and student chapter activities are also very important for the fulfillment of the OSA mission..