Computer modeling studies indicate that planar dielectric waveguides clad with silicon exhibit a damped periodic oscillation in their attenuation and phase characteristics. The effect is due to a periodic coupling between the lossy, guided modes in the silicon film and the TE0mode of the dielectric waveguide. Experimental confirmation of the periodic coupling for a wavelength of 632.8 nm is presented. Propagation characteristics for a wavelength of 1150 nm were investigated for application in integrated optical modulators. Frequency filtering properties of silicon-clad waveguides are also examined and it is shown that the silicon thickness controls the filter response curve.