Abstract

A new approach is developed to calculate diffraction efficiency for a dielectric grating with an arbitrary refractive index profile. By treating a one-dimensional grating as a segment of a virtual two-dimensional (2D) photonic crystal, we exploit a rigorous theory of photonic crystal refraction and calculate the diffraction efficiencies. We expand, analytically in many cases, the dielectric function of the grating into 2D Fourier series. We find the eigenmodes for the virtual photonic crystal, and then use these eigenmodes to match the boundary conditions by solving a set of linear equations. In two such simple steps, the diffraction efficiencies can be computed rigorously without slicing the grating into thin layers.

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