In this paper we present an efficient method for designing discrete, nearly-uniform Bragg gratings in generic planar waveguides. Various schemes have already been proposed to design continuous Bragg gratings in optical fibers, but a general scheme for creating their discrete counterpart is still lacking. Taking a continuous Bragg grating as our starting point, we show that the same grating functionalities can also be realized in any planar waveguide by discretizing it into a series of air holes. The relationship between the two gratings is established in terms of grating strength and local grating period.
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