Optical and Quantum Electronics

, Volume 26, Issue 10, pp 977–986 | Cite as

A theoretical analysis of scattering loss from planar optical waveguides

  • F. P. Payne
  • J. P. R. Lacey


We derive analytical expressions for the scattering loss in planar optical waveguides whose surface roughness can be described by an exponential or Gaussian autocorrelation function. Our results show, for the first time, the explicit dependence of the loss coefficient on all the waveguide parameters. In addition, we show that for any waveguide there is a simple upper limit for the scattering loss.


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© Chapman & Hall 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. P. Payne
    • 1
  • J. P. R. Lacey
    • 1
  1. 1.Cambridge University Engineering DepartmentCambridgeUK
  2. 2.Photonics Research Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Electronic EngineeringThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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