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ANSI Standards Site

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) coordinates the development and use of voluntary consensus standards in the United States.

ASTM Standards Site

As one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world, ASTM International is a trusted source for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services.


SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies.

ISO Online

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world’s largest developer of standards. The organization makes a positive difference, not just to engineers and manufacturers for whom it solves basic problems in production and distribution, but to society as a whole.

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Commerce Department’s Technology Administration. NIST’s mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense.”

OEOSC Standards Site

The Optics and Electro-Optics Standards Council was incorporated in 1996 to act as the administrator of the ANSI/OEOSC Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the Organization for International Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 172 – Optics and Photonics.

Optical Society of America (OSA)

Where science and technology innovators in optics and photonics come together.

Optics Educational Links

A comprehensive list of optics and imaging links provided by Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY.

Since going online in 1996, Laurin Publishing’s site has become the most comprehensive, respected Internet site in the photonics industry. The site is updated daily with news, product announcements and special features, including material from the print publication, Photonics Spectra, and an online version of The Photonics Directory.

Photonics Resource Center at

Founded in 1996, was the first web portal designed to serve the information needs of the worldwide photonics industry and is a key information source for the photonics community.

Quality Magazine Online

Quality is a monthly business publication serving the quality assurance and process improvement needs of more than 64,000 manufacturing professionals.


Brush up on your Optics Theory by checking out these Optics short courses offered by elite universities and optical societies.

SVC The Society of Vacuum Coaters

SVC is committed to education and information about vacuum coating. Vacuum coating processes use vacuum technology to create a sub-atmospheric pressure environment and an atomic or molecular condensable vapor source to deposit thin films and coatings.

U.S. Department of Energy

The Department of Energy’s overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States, and to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission.