Polarization dependence of the propagation constant of leaky guided modes

Adi Pick, Nimrod Moiseyev

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We show that transverse-magnetic (TM) leaky modes can propagate further than transverse electric (TE) modes in real-index dielectric waveguides. We compute the density of states and find that while the TE spectrum contains only overlapping resonances, the TM spectrum typically contains several isolated peaks. By transforming the TM equation into a Schrödinger-type equation, we show that these isolated peaks arise due to δ-function barriers at the core-cladding interface. Our theory is useful for a range of applications, including filtering TM modes from initially unpolarized light and transferring information between distant waveguides.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number043854
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number4
StatePublished - 24 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes

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