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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Henry Van Driel
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2009
  • pp: B102–B110

Quasi-planar optics: computing light propagation and scattering in planar waveguide arrays

Sukosin Thongrattanasiri, Justin Elser, and Viktor A. Podolskiy  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 26, Issue 12, pp. B102-B110 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.26.00B102


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Abstract

We analyze wave propagation in coupled planar waveguides, pointing specific attention to modal cross-talk and out-of-plane scattering in quasi-planar photonics. An algorithm capable of accurate numerical computation of wave coupling in arrays of planar structures is developed and illustrated on several examples of plasmonic and volumetric waveguides. An analytical approach to reduce or completely eliminate scattering and modal cross-talk in planar waveguides with anisotropic materials is also presented.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.7390) Optical devices : Waveguides, planar
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves
(050.1755) Diffraction and gratings : Computational electromagnetic methods
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

History
Original Manuscript: August 3, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 30, 2009
Published: October 16, 2009

Citation
Sukosin Thongrattanasiri, Justin Elser, and Viktor A. Podolskiy, "Quasi-planar optics: computing light propagation and scattering in planar waveguide arrays," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26, B102-B110 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-26-12-B102


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