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Guided Optics

ISBN: 978-3-527-40796-5
368 pages
January 2009
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An essential, up-to-date textbook in understanding the propagation of light in guided optical structures. The author is the founding member of one of today's leading labs in fiber-optic communications science and he bases the contents on first-hand teaching and lab experience, providing a solid and rigorous scientific foundation, while also considering the applied view point required for an engineering curriculum. He omits fundamental equations of electromagnetism to establish rigorous guided mode solutions, concentrating rather on covering all fiber device modeling used in communication -- ranging from basic concepts of linear guided optics, equations and solutions of wave-applied guiding structures, to optical fiber communication devices.
Includes solutions to Maxwell's equations, and a wealth of graphs, calculation methods and numerical problems to illustrate the theory.
Supplementary material available free to lecturers.
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Table of Contents

Symbols, Operators and Coordinate Systems

1 Vector Wave Equations
2 Fundamental Properties of Vector Modes
3 Exact Vector Solutions for Waveguides
4 ScalarMode Theory
5 Degeneracy of the Vector Modes
6 Mode Coupling and Bragg Gratings
7 Tapered Fibers
8 Fiber Splices
9 2 × 2 Fiber Couplers

Appendix A: Bessel Functions and Modified Bessel Functions of Integer Order
Appendix B: Proof of the Identity used to Establish the Group Velocity Formula
Appendix C: Method for Distinguishing between the HE and EH Vector Modes of a Multi-layered Fiber
Appendix D: Definitions of the Refractive Indices

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Author Information

Jacques Bures obtained a license degree in Science from Grenoble University (L.Sc.), France, and a Masters and Doctorate from Laval University (M.Sc., D.Sc), Québec, Canada. He teaches at the Department of Engineering Physics at the École Polytechnique Montréal, Canada. Professor Bures is a founding member of one of today's leading labs in fiber-optic communications science, with many pioneering developments to their credit, including spinoffs of several successful commercial ventures. His research interests include "all-fiber" passive components, fiber characterization, and theory and simulation software.

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