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  • Vol. 71, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 1981
  • pp: 803–810

Beam-propagation method: analysis and assessment

J. Van Roey, J. van der Donk, and P. E. Lagasse  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 71, Issue 7, pp. 803-810 (1981)

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A method for the calculation of the propagation of a light beam through an inhomogeneous medium is presented. A theoretical analysis of this beam-propagation method is given, and a set of conditions necessary for the accurate application of the method is derived. The method is illustrated by the study of a number of integrated-optic structures, such as thin-film waveguides and gratings.

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J. Van Roey, J. van der Donk, and P. E. Lagasse, "Beam-propagation method: analysis and assessment," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 71, 803-810 (1981)

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