Gaussian beam propagation in a gradient-radial-index medium is presented and discussed. A simple geometrical method for modeling the Gaussian beam inside the gradient-index medium has been developed. The results with this method and those predicted by wave optics have been compared in a number of practical cases. Results show the validity of the ray approach. This is also confirmed by experimental tests on a high-power laser–fiber coupler.
© 1992 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 8, 1991
Published: September 1, 1992
Riccardo Falciai and Tania Pascucci, "Geometrical model for the design of gradient-index-rod lens coupling devices," Appl. Opt. 31, 5211-5215 (1992)