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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2009
  • pp: 2183–2191

Explicit finite-difference vector beam propagation method based on the iterated Crank–Nicolson scheme

Traianos V. Yioultsis, Giannis D. Ziogos, and Emmanouil E. Kriezis  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 26, Issue 10, pp. 2183-2191 (2009)

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We introduce and develop a new explicit vector beam propagation method, based on the iterated Crank–Nicolson scheme, which is an established numerical method in the area of computational relativity. The proposed approach results in a fast and robust method, characterized by simplicity, efficiency, and versatility. It is free of limitations inherent in implicit beam propagation methods, which are associated with poor convergence or uneconomical use of memory in the solution of large sparse linear systems, and thus it can tackle problems of considerable size and complexity. The advantages offered by this approach are demonstrated by analyzing a multimode interference coupler and a twin-core photonic crystal fiber. A possible wide-angle generalization is also provided.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics
(130.2790) Integrated optics : Guided waves
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: May 22, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 19, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 21, 2009
Published: September 16, 2009

Traianos V. Yioultsis, Giannis D. Ziogos, and Emmanouil E. Kriezis, "Explicit finite-difference vector beam propagation method based on the iterated Crank-Nicolson scheme," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 26, 2183-2191 (2009)

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