The propagating beam method utilizes discrete Fourier transforms for generating configuration-space solutions to optical waveguide problems without reference to modes. The propagating beam method can also give a complete description of the field in terms of modes by a Fourier analysis with respect to axial distance of the computed fields. Earlier work dealt with the accurate determination of mode propagation constants and group delays. In this paper the method is extended to the computation of mode eigenfunctions. The method is efficient, allowing generation of a large number of eigenfunctions from a single propagation run. Computations for parabolic-index profiles show excellent agreement between analytic and numerically generated eigenfunctions.
© 1980 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 15, 1979
Published: July 1, 1980
M. D. Feit and J. A. Fleck, "Computation of mode eigenfunctions in graded-index optical fibers by the propagating beam method," Appl. Opt. 19, 2240-2246 (1980)