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Maxwell's equations with optical fibers in mind
Author(s): Tevry Freeman

Paper Abstract

This study has been conducted in the context of a degree in Optoelectronics, in which a special component on optoelectronics and optical fiber technology, starts in parallel with a conventional second year university physics course. Despite the considerable success of this optics course, it has become clear that there is a need to improve the presentation of topics such as; diffraction and propagation of monochromatic pulses along optical fibers. In this work we seek to structure an outline of the essential principles of light propagation in a nonconduction, nonabsorbing dielectric, that is consistent with Maxwell's equations and yet avoids the solutions for conducting waveguides and the other traditional analysis that usually follows. The conditions on the electric field E(t) and the magnetic field H(t) applied in the manner prescribed by Diament1 leads to a series of field equations for interaction with both perpendicular and oblique plane dielectric surfaces. These equations are then solved numerically to obtain familiar and extended results that illustrate the principles of refection, refraction and thin-film filters. We aim to introduce the subject of mode dispersion and include a discussion of pulse compression.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2525, 1995 International Conference on Education in Optics, (13 October 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.224071
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Tevry Freeman, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2525:
1995 International Conference on Education in Optics
M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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