Abstract

The reflection and transmission of thin-film guided waves incident at variable angles upon a variety of transverse discontinuities are analyzed. A thin film bounded by semi-infinite media is modeled by a thin film bounded by finite media, terminated at shorting planes situated parallel to and a long distance from the film surfaces. The results obtained with this model are checked against previous calculations for normal incidence onto a waveguide–air endface. For nonnormal incidence upon the interface between two waveguides, various interesting phenomena such as guided-wave equivalents of Brewster’s angle, multiple cutoff angles for both guided waves and radiation fields, and intermode conversion are investigated numerically.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

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