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On the validity of the effective-index method for rectangular dielectric waveguides

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2 Author(s)
J. -S. Lee ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Korea Adv. Inst. of Sci. & Technol., Seoul, South Korea ; S. -Y. Shin

The effective-index method (EIM) for rectangular dielectric waveguides is derived as an approximation from an exact equivalent-network formulation. It is explained why EIM gives accurate results for the fundamental modes in near cutoff region as well as for all the guided modes in well-guiding region. As a direct improvement on EIM a simple eigenvalue equation is presented, which takes into account the shape of the predominant slab-waveguide mode. It is shown that EIM overestimates propagation constants compared to the improved results

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Journal of Lightwave Technology  (Volume:11 ,  Issue: 8 )