The OCA-1000 is a multi-channel optical component analyzer capable of performing simultaneous insertion loss (IL), polarization dependent loss (PDL), and Power (P) measurements on multiple optical paths. The measurement is based on Mueller Matrix method, which offers fast characterization of wavelength dependent optical
parameters that are critical in today’s optical communication systems. The base model can have up to 8 channels, and the system
is expandable to additional sets of channels for maximum flexibility.

The instrument comes with a user-friendly control program with built-in functions to display measured power, IL, and PDL vs. wavelength or to monitor time variation of power/IL for all channels simultaneously to determine their stability performance. Other functions available after post processing the data which calculate the isolation between wavelength channels (adjacent and distant), pass band center frequency, bandwidth, and ripple as well as noise floor.

This OCA-1000 is an ideal solution for easy, accurate characterization of components and modules of multiple outputs, including DWDMs, ROADMs, AWGs and PLCs. It can be used with various tunable lasers, such as those from Keysight or Santec. This flexibility offers the user the opportunity to make full use of his/her laser resources and reduce the cost of making such measurements. Its fast measurement speed reduces the time for the characterizations of devices with large number of ports and increases the production throughput.

Measurement = (2+wavelength sweep range (nm)/X)*6 sec                                         , where X is the laser sweep speed in nm/sec