This in-depth, detailed reference presents for the first time a comprehensive treatment of recent advances in optical performance monitoring. Written by leading experts in the field, the book provides an overview of recent developments in the area and the role of OPM in future optical systems and networks. Detailed discussions of various advanced techniques are provided to illustrate their principles.


  • Presents the principles and applications of advanced OPM techniques, together with a comparative evaluation of their effectiveness in monitoring individual parameters, such as optical signal-to-noise ratio, chromatic dispersion, and polarization mode dispersion
  • Explains the principles of the various advanced optical signal processing techniques and their applications in OPM
  • Examines the role and applications of OPM in optical networks, including optical transport networks, coherent optical systems, and long-haul optical transmission systems
  • Discusses the current approaches of OPM in the global standard SDH/SONET

This book is ideal for technical professionals and researchers who want to understand and evaluate advanced techniques in OPM and their impact on the practical design of next-generation optical systems and networks.

Key Features

  • Provides a thorough and detailed discussion of the latest optical performance monitoring (OPM) techniques and their applications, presenting a comparative analysis of each method
  • Contains high-quality technical contributions from leading experts, covering both principles and practical aspects of advanced OPM techniques
  • Addresses challenges and opportunities related to OPM in next-generation reconfigurable optical systems and networks


Optical and photonic engineers, R&D engineers, communications engineers, service providers, technical professionals, component vendors, academic researchers, graduate students.

Table of Contents

1. Optical Performance Monitoring: Perspectives and Challenges
Alan E. Willner, Xiaoxia Wu and Jeng-Yuan Yang

1.1 Introduction
1.2 Physical-Layer Measurements and Routing Decisions in Today's Optical Networks
1.3 Signal Parameters Requiring Monitoring and OPM Techniques
1.4 Laudable OPM-Enabled Functionalities in Next-Generation Optical Networks
1.5 Smart Network Operation and Security
1.6 Summary

2. Optical Signal-to-Noise Ratio Monitoring
Jun Haeng Lee and Yun C. Chung

2.1 Introduction
2.2 Linear Interpolation Techniques
2.3 Polarization-based Techniques
2.4 Interferometer-based Technique
2.5 Beat Noise Analysis Techniques
2.6 OSNR Estimation Technique Based on the Operating Condition of Optical Amplifiers
2.7 Summary

3. Chromatic Dispersion Monitoring
Zhongqi Pan

3.1 Introduction
3.2 Chromatic Dispersion and Its Effects on Optical Fiber Systems
3.3 Chromatic Dispersion Monitoring Techniques
3.4 Summary

4. Polarization Mode Dispersion Monitoring
Changyuan Yu

4.1 Introduction of PMD
4.2 PMD Monitoring based on Measurement of RF Tone
4.3 PMD Monitoring based on Measurement of Degree of Polarization
4.4 Electronic PMD Monitoring Techniques
4.5 Other PMD Monitoring Techniques
4.6 Summary

5. Time Misalignment Monitoring
Lian-Kuan Chen

5.1 Introduction
5.2 Monitoring of Timing Alignment
5.3 Investigation of the Effects of Timing Misalignment
5.4 Mitigation of Timing Misalignment
5.5 Summary

6. Optical Performance Monitoring Based on Asynchronous Amplitude Histograms
Ruben S. Luis, Liliana Costa, António Teixeira, and Paulo André

6.1 Introduction
6.2 Monitoring Techniques Based on Analysis of Asynchronous Histograms
6.3 General Conc


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About the editor

Calvin Chan

Affiliations and Expertise

Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Information Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong