The Optical Society

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The Optical Society ( OSA , originally: Optical Society of America) is a scientific society founded in 1916 . Her main goal is to “create, maintain and share knowledge” in the field of optics and photonics .

The headquarters of the OSA is in Washington, DC. The OSA currently has over 14,000 members from over 80 countries.

From 2008 they called themselves instead Optical Society of America now OSA - The Optical Society .


The OSA holds annual conferences such as

  • CLEO / QELS (Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics / Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference)
  • OFC / NFOEC (Optical Fiber Communication / National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference)
  • PhAST (Photonic Applications, Systems and Technologies)


Trade journals

  • Journal of the Optical Society of America A - focus on classical optics
  • Journal of the Optical Society of America B - focus on quantum optics , lasers , nonlinear optics
  • Journal of Optical Networking - Online journal focusing on optical networks
  • Applied Optics - Applications in the field of optics
  • Optical Materials Express - Online journal on the synthesis, processing and characterization of materials for optical applications
  • Optics Express - online magazine about new developments in all areas of optics
  • Optics Letters
  • Journal of Lightwave Technology (jointly published with the IEEE )
  • Journal of Optical Technology (translation of the Russian magazine Opticheskii Zhurnal )
  • Optics and Spectroscopy (translation of the Russian magazine Optika i Spektoskopiya )
  • Chinese Optics Letters (sales outside of China only)


A number of prizes and honors are awarded for outstanding scientific contributions. The highest award of the OSA is the Frederic Ives Medal . There has also been the RW Wood Prize since 1975 , the Charles Hard Townes Award since 1981 , the William F. Meggers Award in Spectroscopy since 1970 , the Max Born Award since 1982 , the Edwin H. Land Medal and since 1940 the Adolph Lomb Medal .

OSA presidents

Presidents of the OSA were:

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ OSA, Mission
  2. ^ OSA, past presidents