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Efficient modeling of optical waveguides and fibers with chemical sensing applications
Author(s): Andreas Weisshaar; Kate A. Remley
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Paper Abstract

The impedance boundary method of moments (IBMOM) for planar optical waveguides is reviewed. An extension of the IBMOM for optical fibers with truncated graded index profile is described. Results for a step index fiber show that virtually exact solutions for the modal field profile and propagation constant can be obtained with only three Legendre expansion functions. The IBMOM is applied in the design and analysis of an evanescent field optical waveguide chemical sensor which utilizes an antiresonant reflecting optical waveguide (ARROW) structure and is implemented as a Mach-Zehnder interferometer. The ARROW structure allows the use of a 5 micrometer wide guiding region for efficient coupling into a single mode optical fiber. The ARROW sensor is designed for a sensitivity of 180 degrees/cm phase change for a change of 0.05 in refractive index.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 August 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2872, Second Pacific Northwest Fiber Optic Sensor Workshop, (5 August 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.245572
Show Author Affiliations
Andreas Weisshaar, Oregon State Univ. (United States)
Kate A. Remley, Oregon State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2872:
Second Pacific Northwest Fiber Optic Sensor Workshop

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