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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 1996
  • pp: 1833–1835

Surface roughness and backscattering

François Ladouceur and Leon Poladian  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 21, Issue 22, pp. 1833-1835 (1996)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.21.001833


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Abstract

Surface roughness is normally considered to be the main cause of attenuation in intergrated-optics glass waveguides. Previous analyses have concentrated on scattering of light into the radiation field; in fact, depending on the roughness length scale, scattering can be predominantly in the backward direction, raising the question of how important the coupling with the backward-directed bound mode is. We investigate this effect and show that it can be neglected in most circumstances.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: May 10, 1996
Published: November 15, 1996

Citation
François Ladouceur and Leon Poladian, "Surface roughness and backscattering," Opt. Lett. 21, 1833-1835 (1996)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-21-22-1833

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