A simple formalism to estimate modal power loss coefficients for an overmoded rectangular waveguide with rough surfaces is presented. The method is based on small index differences where the true radiation modes are approximated by free space modes. Loss coefficients are important in order to establish more accurate channel models for, e.g., optical backplane communication systems. The theory is validated by comparing the loss coefficients of a squeezed rectangular waveguide with the loss coefficients of a slab waveguide.
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