Optical and Quantum Electronics

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 219–228 | Cite as

Light propagation in a planar dielectric slab waveguide with step discontinuities

Part 1 operator formalism
  • W. Biehlig
  • K. Hehl
  • U. Langbein
  • F. Lederer


The common matrix formalism for multi-layer systems is generalized to describe the optical field propagation along an arbitrary cascade of step discontinuities in a planar dielectric waveguide. The reflection and transmission properties of the step cascade are modelled by rigorous operator relations in a Hilbert-space calculus. In this way the complete propagation problem is reduced to two basic transformations. TE- and TM-polarized fields are treated simultaneously.


Propagation Problem Matrix Formalism Operator Relation Light Propagation Optical Field 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Biehlig
    • 1
  • K. Hehl
    • 1
  • U. Langbein
    • 1
  • F. Lederer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of JenaJenaGermany

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