Abstract

The evanescent wave theory (ewt) is extended to treat modal propagation along a general graded-index opticalfiber structure surrounded by a uniform cladding. A step or a valley may be present at the core-cladding interface. The fiber core may be specified in a more general form than was the case for untruncated profiles. The reformulation of the original ewt method uses the uniform corrective method, developed by Arnold for WKB calculations, iteratively to specify nonintegral radial mode numbers for the clad index profile. The integral radial mode numbers of the unclad profile are used as first approximations. Our method gives corrected values for propagation constants and group delays of guided modes and complex propagation constants of leaky modes. Numerical results show good agreement with a numerical solution for a parabolic-core fiber. For other profiles they specify accurate asymptotic upper and lower limits for the cladding influence. For leaky modes of a truncated near-parabolic profile we show agreement with results of a simple WKB formulation. A valley, present at the core-cladding interface, causes a reduction in the maximum intermodal group-delay difference from 3.1 to 1.9 nsec/km because of a strong attenuation of high-order (leaky) modes.

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1981 (3)

G. Jacobsen and Hansen F. Ramskov, "Behavior of transients in propagation constant series of evanescent wave theory," Radio Sci. 16, 519–524 (1981).

J. M. Arnold, "Unified asymptotic theory of asymmetrical planar waveguides," J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 69, 17–24 (1981).

G. Jacobsen, "Multimode graded index optical fibers: comparison of two Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin formulations," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 71, 1492–1496 (1981).

1980 (6)

G. Jacobsen, "Evanescent-wave and nonlinear transformation analysis of graded index fibers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 70, 1338–1344 (1980); Errata 71, 788 (1981).

M. D. Feit and J. A. Fleck, "Mode properties and dispersion for two optical fiber-index profiles by the propagating beam method," Appl. Opt. 19, 3140–3150 (1980).

G. Jacobsen and Hansen J. J. Ramskov, "Detailed error estimates for the first order WKB method," Electron. Lett. 16, 540–541 (1980).

J. M. Arnold, "Inhomogeneous dielectric waveguides: A uniform asymptotic theory," J. Phys. A 13, 347–360 (1980).

J. M. Arnold, "Uniform theory of inhomogeneous waveguide modes near cutoff," J. Phys. A 13, 361–372 (1980).

G. A. E. Crone and J. M. Arnold, "Anamalous group delay in optical fibers," Opt. Quantum Electron. 12, 511–517 (1980).

1979 (2)

1978 (2)

J. J. Ramskov Hansen and E. Nicolaisen, "Propagation in graded index fibers: Comparison between experiment and three theories," Appl. Opt. 17, 2831–2835 (1978).

G. Jacobsen, "Exact field expressions for guided modes of a general class of graded index fibers," Electron. Lett. 14, 464–465 (1978).

1977 (1)

1976 (1)

1973 (1)

D. Gloge and A. E. I. Marcatili, "Multimode theory of graded core fibers," Bell. Syst. Tech. J. 52,1563–1578 (1973).

1971 (1)

1955 (1)

D. Shanks, "Nonlinear transformations of divergent and slowly convergent sequences," J. Math. Phys. 34, 1–42 (1955).

Arnold, J. M.

J. M. Arnold, "Unified asymptotic theory of asymmetrical planar waveguides," J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 69, 17–24 (1981).

G. A. E. Crone and J. M. Arnold, "Anamalous group delay in optical fibers," Opt. Quantum Electron. 12, 511–517 (1980).

J. M. Arnold, "Inhomogeneous dielectric waveguides: A uniform asymptotic theory," J. Phys. A 13, 347–360 (1980).

J. M. Arnold, "Uniform theory of inhomogeneous waveguide modes near cutoff," J. Phys. A 13, 361–372 (1980).

Bender, C. M.

C. M. Bender and A. Orszag, Advanced Mathematical Methods for Scientists and Engineers (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1978), pp. 368–410.

Chaudhary, S.

Crone, G. A. E.

G. A. E. Crone and J. M. Arnold, "Anamalous group delay in optical fibers," Opt. Quantum Electron. 12, 511–517 (1980).

Feit, M. D.

Felsen, L. B.

Fleck, J. A.

Gloge, D.

D. Gloge and A. E. I. Marcatili, "Multimode theory of graded core fibers," Bell. Syst. Tech. J. 52,1563–1578 (1973).

D. Gloge, "Dispersion in weakly guiding fibers," Appl. Opt. 10, 2442–2445 (1971).

Hansen, J. J. Ramskov

Jacobsen, G.

G. Jacobsen and Hansen F. Ramskov, "Behavior of transients in propagation constant series of evanescent wave theory," Radio Sci. 16, 519–524 (1981).

G. Jacobsen, "Multimode graded index optical fibers: comparison of two Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin formulations," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 71, 1492–1496 (1981).

G. Jacobsen, "Evanescent-wave and nonlinear transformation analysis of graded index fibers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 70, 1338–1344 (1980); Errata 71, 788 (1981).

G. Jacobsen and Hansen J. J. Ramskov, "Detailed error estimates for the first order WKB method," Electron. Lett. 16, 540–541 (1980).

G. Jacobsen and Hansen J. J. Ramskov, "Propagation constants and group delays of guided modes in graded index fibers: A comparison of three theories," Appl. Opt. 18, 2837–2842 (1979).

G. Jacobsen and Hansen J. J. Ramskov, "Modified evanescent wave theory for evaluation of propagation constants and group delays of graded index fibers," Appl. Opt. 18, 3719–3720 (1979).

G. Jacobsen, "Exact field expressions for guided modes of a general class of graded index fibers," Electron. Lett. 14, 464–465 (1978).

G. Jacobsen, "Evanescent wave theory describing propagation in guiding environments," Ph.D. Thesis (Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, 1980).

Marcatili, A. E. I.

D. Gloge and A. E. I. Marcatili, "Multimode theory of graded core fibers," Bell. Syst. Tech. J. 52,1563–1578 (1973).

Nicolaisen, E.

Olshansky, R.

Orszag, A.

C. M. Bender and A. Orszag, Advanced Mathematical Methods for Scientists and Engineers (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1978), pp. 368–410.

Ramskov, Hansen F.

G. Jacobsen and Hansen F. Ramskov, "Behavior of transients in propagation constant series of evanescent wave theory," Radio Sci. 16, 519–524 (1981).

Ramskov, Hansen J. J.

Shanks, D.

D. Shanks, "Nonlinear transformations of divergent and slowly convergent sequences," J. Math. Phys. 34, 1–42 (1955).

Appl. Opt. (6)

Bell. Syst. Tech. J. (1)

D. Gloge and A. E. I. Marcatili, "Multimode theory of graded core fibers," Bell. Syst. Tech. J. 52,1563–1578 (1973).

Electron. Lett. (2)

G. Jacobsen and Hansen J. J. Ramskov, "Detailed error estimates for the first order WKB method," Electron. Lett. 16, 540–541 (1980).

G. Jacobsen, "Exact field expressions for guided modes of a general class of graded index fibers," Electron. Lett. 14, 464–465 (1978).

J. Acoust. Soc. Am. (1)

J. M. Arnold, "Unified asymptotic theory of asymmetrical planar waveguides," J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 69, 17–24 (1981).

J. Math. Phys. (1)

D. Shanks, "Nonlinear transformations of divergent and slowly convergent sequences," J. Math. Phys. 34, 1–42 (1955).

J. Opt. Soc. Am. (3)

J. Phys. A (2)

J. M. Arnold, "Inhomogeneous dielectric waveguides: A uniform asymptotic theory," J. Phys. A 13, 347–360 (1980).

J. M. Arnold, "Uniform theory of inhomogeneous waveguide modes near cutoff," J. Phys. A 13, 361–372 (1980).

Opt. Quantum Electron. (1)

G. A. E. Crone and J. M. Arnold, "Anamalous group delay in optical fibers," Opt. Quantum Electron. 12, 511–517 (1980).

Radio Sci. (1)

G. Jacobsen and Hansen F. Ramskov, "Behavior of transients in propagation constant series of evanescent wave theory," Radio Sci. 16, 519–524 (1981).

Other (2)

C. M. Bender and A. Orszag, Advanced Mathematical Methods for Scientists and Engineers (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1978), pp. 368–410.

G. Jacobsen, "Evanescent wave theory describing propagation in guiding environments," Ph.D. Thesis (Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, 1980).

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