We present a theoretical model of light-beam propagation in anisotropic and inhomogeneous dielectric structures obtained as a direct extension of the scalar fast-Fourier-transform beam-propagation method. We solve Maxwell’s equations in a generalized geometrical optics approximation, in which the reflected fields are neglected. This is a full-vectorial model because it accounts for the polarization effects that are due to both the anisotropy and the inhomogeneity of the medium.
© 1999 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 23, 1998
Revised Manuscript: March 10, 1999
Published: June 20, 1999
Francesca Castaldo, Giancarlo Abbate, and Enrico Santamato, "Theory for a new full-vectorial beam-propagation method in anisotropic structures," Appl. Opt. 38, 3904-3910 (1999)