Optical Society

The Optical Society of America ( OSA) was founded in 1916. The main objective of this company is " creating, maintaining and sharing of knowledge " in the field of optics and photonics.

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


The OSA organizes 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 )


  • The OSA Color System


  • 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 magazine with an emphasis on optical networks
  • Applied Optics - Applications in the field of optics
  • Optics Express - online magazine about the latest developments in all areas of optics
  • Optics Letters
  • Journal of Lightwave Technology ( published jointly with the IEEE)
  • Journal of Optical Technology ( translation of the Russian journal Opticheskii Zhurnal )
  • Optics and Spectroscopy ( Translation of the Russian journal Optika i Spektroskopiya )
  • Chinese Optics Letters (only sales outside China )


For outstanding scientific contributions, a number of awards and honors will be awarded. The highest award of the OSA Frederic Ives Medal is the. In addition, there is since 1975 the RW Wood Prize, the Charles Hard Townes since 1981 Award, since 1982 the Max Born Award, the Edwin H. Land Medal and the Adolph Lomb Medal since 1940.