Optica (society)

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Founded1916; 108 years ago (1916)
FounderPerley G. Nutting
TypeProfessional association
FocusOptics and photonics
Area served
MethodProfessional journals and conferences
Key people
Gerd Leuchs (2024 president)

Michal Lipson (2023 president)
Satoshi Kawata (2022 president)

Constance J. Chang-Hasnain (2021 president)
Stephen D. Fantone (2020 president)
Elizabeth A. Rogan (CEO)

Optica (founded as The Optical Society of America (OSA), later The Optical Society) is a professional society of individuals and companies with an interest in optics and photonics. It publishes journals, organizes conferences and exhibitions, and carries out charitable activities. It currently has about 488,000 customers in 183 countries, including nearly 300 companies.


Optica was founded in 1916 as the "Optical Society of America", under the leadership of Perley G. Nutting,[3] with 30 optical scientists and instrument makers based in Rochester, New York. It soon published its first journal of research results and established an annual meeting.[4][5] The first local section was established in Rochester, New York, in 1916 and the Journal of the Optical Society of America was created in 1918.[5] The first series of joint meetings with the American Physical Society was in 1918.[5]

In 2008 it changed its name to The Optical Society (OSA).[6] In September 2021, the organization's name changed to Optica, in reference to the organization's journal by the same name and geographic neutrality to reflect the society’s global membership.[7]

Scientific publishing[edit]

The society publishes a number of journals and a magazine.

Primary journals[edit]

  • Advances in Optics and Photonics, ISSN 1943-8206; 2009–present - Publishing long review articles and tutorials.
  • Applied Optics, ISSN 1559-128X (print); ISSN 2155-3165 (online); 1962–present - Covering optical applications-centered research.
  • Biomedical Optics Express, ISSN 2156-7085; 2010–present - An open access journal covering optics, photonics and imaging in the life sciences.
  • Journal of the Optical Society of America, 1917–1983,[8] which was split into two journals in 1984:
  • Optica, ISSN 2334-2536; 2014–present - Rapid dissemination of high-impact results in all areas of optics and photonics.[9]
  • Optical Materials Express, ISSN 2159-3930; 2011–present - An open access journal covering advances in novel optical materials, their properties, modeling, synthesis and fabrication techniques.
  • Optics Express, ISSN 1094-4087; 1997–present - An open access journal covering all areas of optics.
  • Optics Letters, ISSN 0146-9592 (print); ISSN 1539-4794 (online); 1977–present - Providing rapid publication of short papers in all fields of optical science and technology.

Partnered journals[edit]


Legacy journals[edit]

  • Journal of Display Technology, 2005–2016. Jointly published by OSA and IEEE. Available online.
  • Journal of Optical Networking, 2002–2009. Published by OSA. Available online.
  • Journal of Optical Society of Korea, 2007–2016. Published by the Optical Society of Korea. Available online.
  • OSA Continuum, 2018–2021. Published by Optica. Available online.
  • Optics News, 1975–1989. Published by Optica. Available online.


Optica presents awards and honors, including Optica Fellow, Honorary Membership, and Awards/Medals. Optica's awards and medals program is endowed through the Optica Foundation, and includes more than 20 named awards; among them are the following:[10]


The following persons are or have been presidents of the society:[11]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Optical Society of America Inc. Rating by Charity Navigator". www.charitynavigator.org. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
  2. ^ "Optical Society Of America Inc. Nonprofit Explorer". ProPublica. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
  3. ^ Observers, Illuminants, Light Sources for Color Difference Calculations, William Reginald Dawes
  4. ^ "Why 1916? A Look Back at OSA's Roots.", files of W. Lewis Hyde, Optics & Photonics News, Vol. 17, No. 1, January 2006, pp. 18-19.
  5. ^ a b c "Optical Society of America". history.aip.org. Retrieved 2019-04-27.
  6. ^ Johnson, Anne Frances; Lamontagne, Nancy D. (2016). "A Century of Light". Physics Today. 69 (6): 34–39. Bibcode:2016PhT....69f..34J. doi:10.1063/PT.3.3197. S2CID 114266829.
  7. ^ "OSA rebrands as 'Optica'". optics.org. 20 September 2021. Retrieved 2021-09-21.
  8. ^ "JOSA". Optics InfoBase. Retrieved 2011-06-09.
  9. ^ "The Optical Society Launches Optica, New Open-Access Journal for Highest-Impact Research in the Science of Light". The Optical Society. 2014-07-22.
  10. ^ "Awards & Grants". The Optical Society. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Past Presidents". The Optical Society. Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  12. ^ "Dr. Delwin Lindsey". Ohio State University. Retrieved 8 May 2021.

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