The equations for the coupling coefficient and the grating thickness of volume phase gratings are derived from Maxwell’s equations in this work. The equations cover all graded types of refractive index distributions (RIDs) which change continuously from a triangular type to a rectangular type. The functions expressed as various graded types of RIDs, which are proposed in this work, are used among them. Furthermore, the new idea, which is the correlative coupling-length coefficient, is devised for the first time as a variety of RID function, “G-factor.” The results based on the coupled mode theory in this work show a very close agreement under 0.2% with the results of the rigorous coupled-wave analysis method. The values of the grating thickness and the G-factor are confirmed with validity. By means of this new method, not only can the grating thickness of any graded type of VP grating which is under the Bragg condition be obtained very easily, but the spectral bandwidths and the angular bandwidths which are not under the Bragg condition can be controlled very easily and the configurations of RIDs can be estimated as well.
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