Luna’s Optical Vector Analyzer™ (OVA) is the only instrument on the market that is capable of full and complete all-parameter linear characterization of single-mode optical components in a single scan. The OVA provides comprehensive component characterization of dispersion compensation modules, AWGs, Fiber Bragg Gratings and many other optical devices. A complete vector measurement of the linear transfer function is used to characterize the device under test.

Measurement Highlights:

The OVA simultaneously performs these optical component characterizations every 3 seconds:

  • Insertion Loss (IL)
  • Return Loss (RL)
  • Polarization Dependent Loss (PDL)
  • Phase Response
  • Group Delay (GD)
  • Chromatic Dispersion (CD)
  • Polarization Mode Dispersion (PMD) / Second Order PMD
  • Min/Max Loss due to Polarization
  • Impulse Response
  • Jones Matrix Elements
  • Phase Ripple – Linear and Quadratic

Component Analyzers video:

OVA 5000

Model Description Links
5000 For single-connection, all-parameter characterization of fiber components, with full C and L band characterization in under 3 seconds. Data Sheet

Software Packages and Options


  • Desktop Analysis Software

    With the OVA desktop analysis software, you have all the advantages of the Luna Optical Vector Analyzer at your desktop. Using saved OVA measurements, you can perform in-depth analysis at your desk, in a conference room, or even on vacation. If your customers have the desktop analysis software, you can send them specific measurement files for their own viewing. Get all the power of the OVA at your desktop!


    • Insertion Loss (IL)
    • Return Loss (RL)
    • Polarization Dependent Loss (PDL)
    • Phase response
    • Group Delay (GD)
    • Chromatic Dispersion (CD)
    • Polarization Mode Dispersion (PMD)
    • Impulse Response
    • Jones Matrix Elements
  • Polarization Analysis Software

    Luna’s Polarization Analysis Software can be used to display the response of an optical component to a simulated input polarization state. This software, combined with measurement data from Luna’s Optical Vector Analyzer, eliminates the tedious and difficult task of polarization alignment often required for measurement of today’s advanced optical components.


    • Get a complete picture of your component’s polarization dependence
    • Quickly determine minimum and maximum loss at each wavelength
    • View the response of your component to specific input states
    • Eliminate time-consuming measurements and calculations
    • Plot insertion loss, group delay, and impulse response
    • Easily adjust simulated input polarization
    • Save data to export to other software
    • Easy to add to an existing OVA system
    • Intuitive graphical interface – All key data and graphs in a simple, easy to use interface


    The Polarization Analysis Software offers significant advantages for optical component testing in the following categories:

    • Productivity
      The Polarization Analysis Software improves your ability to quickly decipher your component’s polarization dependence using simulated input states, thus eliminating the tedious and difficult task of polarization alignment.
    • Capital investment reduction
      When combined with the OVA, which provides comprehensive analysis in a single instrument, you eliminate the need for multiple, expensive instruments for complete analysis and verification.
    • Ease of use
      The Polarization Analysis Software is simple to use, quick to configure, and can be easily integrated into your current OVA system.

    To learn more, see the data sheet.

  • OFDR Option

    This option turns your OVA into a fault finding reflectometer. With ~20 micrometer resolution over the full instrument range (150 m), this feature is an indispensable tool for troubleshooting components, connections, cables and assemblies. Measures return loss (RL) individually for each component down to -95 dB.

    Read the data sheet for more information.