Abstract

A natural framework for evaluating prism-coupler performance is provided by a recently developed geometrical construction in which refraction through a prism for an arbitrary angle of incidence is represented by an ellipse. The useful operating range of a prism coupler is represented by the portion of the representational ellipse that appears within a window determined by the mode propagation conditions of a thin-film–substrate system.

© 1983 Optical Society of America

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