The propagation properties of light in anisotropic optical planar waveguides with different index distributions are investigated with the analytical transfer-matrix method. Dispersion equations are analytically deduced by the method in terms of different index profiles. It is shown by examples that this method exhibits good accuracy compared with numerical methods while still holding physical insight.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(230.7390) Optical devices : Waveguides, planar
(260.1180) Physical optics : Crystal optics
(290.3030) Scattering : Index measurements
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation
Weijun Liao, Xianfeng Chen, Yuping Chen, Yuxing Xia, and Yingli Chen, "Explicit analysis of anisotropic planar waveguides by the analytical transfer-matrix method," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 21, 2196-2204 (2004)