The dispersion properties of a thin-film optical waveguide for TE and TM modes are expressed in simple and general analytic forms. These formulas describe the variation of the effective refractive index with respect to any physical parameter with which the refractive index of any layer or the thickness of the guiding layer may vary. Universal curves for both TE and TM modes are given, and applications of the formulas are discussed.
© 1986 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 11, 1986
Published: June 15, 1986
Daniel W. Hewak and John W. Y. Lit, "Generalized dispersion properties of thin-film waveguides," Appl. Opt. 25, 1977-1981 (1986)