Abstract

In this paper, circularly curved inhomogeneous waveguides are transformed into straight inhomogeneous waveguides first by a conformal mapping. Then, the differential transfer matrix method is introduced and adopted to deduce the exact dispersion relation for modes. This relation itself is complex and difficult to solve, but it can be approximated by a simpler nonlinear equation in practical applications, which is close to the exact relation and quite easy to analyze. Afterward, optimized asymptotic solutions are obtained and act as initial guesses for the following Newton’s iteration. Finally, very accurate solutions are achieved in the numerical experiment.

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