Analysis of grating-assisted backward coupling employing the unified coupled-mode formalism

Nahum Izhaky, Amos Hardy

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Grating-assisted backward coupling between two parallel waveguides is analyzed with a set of four coupled equations. The equations were recently derived by a unified approach that is appropriate for other coupling problems as well. Examples include three different operation regions and provide for the field variation along the guides as well as for the reflectivity and transmission coefficients. It is shown that the reduction of the four-wave coupling problem to a set of two coupled equations is possible only for some specific cases and at the cost of reduced accuracy. The model may be especially useful for the design of optical components for various applications such as optical switching and multiplexing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1303-1311
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics and Image Science, and Vision
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1999


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