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1 May 2005 Simple approach to calculate the refractive index profile of ion-exchanged waveguides
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In graded-index glass waveguides a key factor for the design of components and devices is usually the accurate determination of the refractive index profile as a function of depth. The problem of reconstructing the index profile using the measured effective refractive indices has been faced by several authors. Here we suggest a new expression, linear combination of two analytical functions, which is able to provide a good approximation of the solution of the differential equation that rules the thermal diffusion process. The use of this equation, in connection with the general approach of inverting the Wentzel-Kramer-Bruilloin (WKB) eigenvalue equation, leads to a simple, fast, and accurate computation of the refractive index profile obtained by ion exchange. The application of the method to various Ag-exchanged waveguides in different glass matrices, with better accuracy than most of the usual procedures, has been demonstrated.
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Sergio Sebastiani, Simone Berneschi, Massimo Brenci, Gualtiero Nunzi-Conti, Stefano Pelli, and Giancarlo C. Righini "Simple approach to calculate the refractive index profile of ion-exchanged waveguides," Optical Engineering 44(5), 054602 (1 May 2005).
Published: 1 May 2005

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