We discuss a transform technique for analyzing the wave vector content of microstructured optical fiber (MOF) modes, which is computationally efficient and gives good physical insight into the nature of the mode. In particular, if the mode undergoes a transition from a bound state to an extended state, this is evident in the spreading-out of its transform. The method has been implemented in the multipole formulation for finding MOF modes, but are capable of adaptation to other formulations.
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