Planar Dielectric Waveguides
Because of the simplicity of the planar geometry and the tractability of the analytic solutions associated with this geometry, the very first canonical solution for a given physical problem is usually obtained analytically for a planar structure. This also implies that solutions for the planar structure, which can yield great insight into the problems, are of fundamental importance [1, 2].
Here, we not only shall present the analysis of a canonical slab (planar) dielectric waveguide leading to the detailed theoretical solutions, but also provide detailed analyses on other planar structures – a leaky slab dielectric waveguide , a multilayered (or inhomogeneous) dielectric waveguide , and coupled planar dielectric waveguides . We shall also discuss the very first, historically speaking, surface wave guiding structure – the Sommerfeld–Zenneck surface impedance guiding structure .
KeywordsDielectric Waveguide Coupling Length Slab Waveguide Leaky Mode Dielectric Slab
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