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Light propagation in optical waveguides: A dynamic programming approach



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Lakshminarayanan, Vasudevan and Calvo Padilla, María Luisa (1997) Light propagation in optical waveguides: A dynamic programming approach. Journal of the Optical Society of America A-Optics Image Science And Vision, 14 (4). pp. 872-881. ISSN 0740-3232

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.14.000872



We apply techniques of optimal-control theory, namely, the methods of dynamic programming, to the problem of light propagation in optical waveguides. This formulation is equivalent to the resolution of an eikonal equation. We illustrate this optimization technique for the case of an ideal parabolic refractive-index-profile distribution. We discuss the possibility of extending this procedure to other types of optical waveguides and optical media.

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© 1997 Optical Society of America.
The Optical Society (OSA) Annual Meeting (1995. Portland, Oregón, EE.UU.).
Congress of the International Comission for Optics (ICO) (17º. 1996. Taejon, Corea del Sur).
This work was supported in part by the School of Optometry of the University of Missouri–St. Louis (UMSL). A UMSL research grant is also gratefully acknowledged. We also thank Jerry Christensen, Dean, School of Optometry, USML, for support during the initial stages of this research program. Additional financial assistance from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (DGICYT) under project PR94-362 to M. L. Calvo is also acknowledged. Partial results were presented at the OSA Annual Meeting (Portland, Oregon, October 1995) and at the ICO-XVII Congress (Taejon, Korea, August 1996). The authors also thank an anonymous referee for a careful review and R. F. Álvarez-Estrada and G. F. Calvo for helpful suggestions and discussions.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Channel Wave-Guides
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Optics
ID Code:25712
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