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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

| OPTICS, IMAGE SCIENCE, AND VISION

  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2012
  • pp: 695–701

Transmission properties in waveguides: an optical streamline analysis

Ángel S. Sanz, José Campos-Martínez, and Salvador Miret-Artés  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 29, Issue 5, pp. 695-701 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.29.000695


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Abstract

We present a novel approach to study transmission through waveguides in terms of optical streamlines. This theoretical framework combines the computational performance of beam propagation methods with the possibility to monitor the passage of light through the guiding medium by means of these sampler paths. In this way, not only can the optical flow along the waveguide be followed in detail, but also a fair estimate of the transmitted light (intensity) can be accounted for by counting streamline arrivals with starting points statistically distributed according to the input pulse. Furthermore, this approach allows elucidation of the mechanism leading to energy losses, namely, a vortical dynamics, which can be advantageously exploited in optimal waveguide design.

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OCIS Codes
(030.5260) Coherence and statistical optics : Photon counting
(030.5290) Coherence and statistical optics : Photon statistics
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(060.4230) Fiber optics and optical communications : Multiplexing
(070.2580) Fourier optics and signal processing : Paraxial wave optics
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: October 25, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 4, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 17, 2012
Published: April 11, 2012

Citation
Ángel S. Sanz, José Campos-Martínez, and Salvador Miret-Artés, "Transmission properties in waveguides: an optical streamline analysis," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 29, 695-701 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-29-5-695

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