Mission Statement

The Photonics Society shall advance the interests of its members and the laser, optoelectronics, and photonics professional community by:

  • Providing opportunities for information exchange, continuing education, and professional growth.
  • Publishing journals, sponsoring conferences, and supporting local chapter and student activities.
  • Formally recognizing the professional contributions of members.
  • Representing the laser, optoelectronics, and photonics community and serving as its advocate within the IEEE, the broader scientific and technical community, and society at large.

Field of Interest

The Field of Interest of the Society shall be lasers, optical devices, optical fibers, and associated lightwave technology and their applications in systems and subsystems in which quantum electronic devices are key elements. The society is concerned with the research, development, design, manufacture, and applications of materials, devices and systems, and with the various scientific and technological activities which contribute to the useful expansion of the field of quantum electronics and applications.
The Society shall aid in promoting close cooperation with other IEEE societies and councils in the form of joint publications, sponsorships of meetings, and other forms of information exchange. Appropriate cooperative efforts will also be undertaken with non-IEEE societies.

Who We Are

The IEEE Photonics Society forms the hub of an active community of more than 100,000 professionals in photonics who are driving breakthroughs in quantum electronics into our daily lives. We have transformed concepts in fundamental quantum physics into many of the devices, systems and products that define our contemporary lives. This includes ubiquitous and inexpensive global communications via fiber optics, lasers for medical and other applications, flat-screen displays for TVs, photovoltaics for solar energy, LEDs for energy-efficient illumination and many other examples. We organize, contribute to and participate in technical conferences, journals and other activities covering all aspects of photonics in order to share and disseminate our breakthroughs. We engage in photonics research, development, design and manufacturing, and are part of IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional association dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.