We simulate the propagation of light in a W1 planar photonic crystal waveguide with the three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain method and apply an inner product against previously calculated mode profiles to the simulated field cross sections. We show that this inner product satisfies mode orthogonality for both photonic crystal waveguides and segmented waveguides and use the obtained data to evaluate waveguide losses.
© 2003 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 14, 2003
Revised Manuscript: June 17, 2003
Manuscript Accepted: June 17, 2003
Published: October 1, 2003
Jeremy Witzens, Thomas Baehr-Jones, Michael Hochberg, Marko Lončar, and Axel Scherer, "Photonic crystal waveguide-mode orthogonality conditions and computation of intrinsic waveguide losses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 20, 1963-1968 (2003)