The Optical Materials and Devices Branch conducts basic and applied research in the areas of optical materials and devices. It consists of five vertically integrated sections that cover the areas of high purity chemicals, specialty optical materials, silica fiber technology, optical devices, and advanced concepts. Its mission is to develop optical materials, components and systems to enhance existing capabilities and enable new capabilities fro the Navy and DoD.

Several technologies and 59 patents have been licensed to the commercial sector.