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This work was conducted under EPSRC Contracts No.
GR/J40171 and No. GR/K03951, and under IRTU Contract
No. ST120. The circuits used were fabricated by Philips
Microwave Limeil.











Figure 4 Upper and lower injection-locking frequency limits versus
dc operating bias

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Received 2-29-96





Microwave and Optical Technology Letters, 12/5, 249-2.50
0 1996 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

CCC 0895-2477/96


Figure 5 Phase variation (normahed) versus dc operating bias

dc bias levels (drain voltage from 1.5 to 3.0 V, gate voltage set
to a constant 0.0 V) with the sweeper output power set to 10
dBm ( - 20 dBm injected signal power). The upper and lower
locking range frequencies were noted and plotted against dc
operating bias in Figure 4. From the graph of Figure 4, a
suitable injection locking frequency of 33.785 GHz was chosen for the phase shift measurement. This gives a dc operating bias range from 2.55 to 2.95 V. The phase, relative to the
injection-locking signal, was measured with the MTA, and the
results are plotted in Figure 5 . These results are normalized
with the result at 2.4 V set to 0.”. A total phase variation of
104”was obtained.
When the experiment was repeated for a sweeper output
power of 5 dBm (-25 dBm injected signal power). The
injection-locking frequency chosen for the phase shift experiment was 33.780 GHz corresponding to a dc operating range
from 2.4 to 2.7 V. This time a total phase variation of 85”was
obtained, lower this time than the previous case due to the
reduction in locking range experienced by virtue of a lower
level injected power level.

This article has shown that direct phase modulation of a
Ka-band signal is possible with the use of a PHEMT MMIC
oscillator. The results obtained indicate that approximately
100”of phase change can be obtained with an injected signal
power level of approximately -20 dBm. If a higher locking
gain was used this phase range could be extended, suggesting
the possible use of the technique for high-data-rate bandwidth conservative signal modulation.


Vandana Misra
Department of Applied Physics
Institute of Technology
Banaras Hindu Universlty(1)
Varanasi-221005, India
P. K. Choudhury
Department of Electronics Engineering, Institute of Technology
Banaras Hindu University Varanasi-221005 lndla
P. Khastgir and S. P. Ojha
Department of Applied Physics
lnstitute of Technology
Banaras Hindu University
Varanasi-221005 India

Optical waveguides, electromagnetic wave propagation
This article deals with a new type of dielectric guide, which has as its
cross-sectional outline a Piet Hein curve. With the use of the scalarfield
approximation, eigenvalue equations for cutoffs have been derived for
modes with different indices. Numerical results exhibit that the cutoff
V ualue for the dielectricguide with Piet Hein cross-sectionalgeomet~is
intermediate between those of similar guides with square and circular
cross sections; therefore, such a guide incorporates the properties of both
square and circular waveguides. A study of these guides is adunntageous
because of the absence of comers, which reduces the scattering losses in
rectangular dielectric waveguides. 0 1996 John Wilq & Sons, Inc.

In an attempt to find a closed curve that incorporates the
properties of a rectangle and an ellipse, Danish scientist Piet
Hein thought of a superellipse, which is known as a Piet Hein
curve (Figure 1) 111. In rectangular coordinates, such a curve


If N < 2. stud- with In this equation i. The quantities a and b are the semimajor and semiminor axes of the curves. Optical and optoelectronic devices are used in the transmitting and receiving parts of communication systems also. Various aspects of slab waveguides with transverse bending and distortions have been studied by Choudhury and co-workers [13-181. As will be seen later. and k are MICROWAVE AND OPTICAL TECHNOLOGY LETTERS / Vol. and circular dielectric waveguides are commonly employed in fiber-optic communications [3-51. Because rectangular dielectric waveguides have been extensively studied for use in optical devices. z ) (the z axis being the direction of propagation perpendicular to the plane of paper as shown in Figure 2) for a structure having Piet Hein geometry (Figure 1) emerges as + Figure 1 The Piet Hein Curve x N A +T P (p4 + 5 4 Y 2 { ( + y N = aN for N = 4 p4 + 54)-1/2 can be represented by the formula Ix/alN + ly/blN = 1. The undesirable effects of the presence of corners in rectangular waveguides (such as scattering) are not expected to occur in the case of waveguides with Piet Hein cross sections. p. even in this preliminary study. The transmitting properties of an optical waveguide essentially depend on its cross-sectional geometry. In this article we report an analytical study of the modal and especially the cutoff properties for sustained modes in waveguides with Piet Hein cross sections under the scalar field approximation [6]. the encouraging result of the modal cutoff values lying midway between those of waveguides with circular and rectangular cross sections is obtained. it can be shown that the wave equation in the coordinate system (p.h is the wave function and n. Slab waveguides and rectangular dielectric waveguides are now well established in the field of integrated optics. Some of the geometries considered so far are polygonal (including triangular) and elliptical cross sections [7-121. a waveguide with a cross section that is midway between the circle and rectangle naturally becomes interesting as a subject for study. the dielectric rectangular waveguide is used in optical devices and in integrated optics [3-51. THEORY After some tedious but rigorous mathematical analysis. fY 2.ies on the propagated power have also been made [19-211. the curves are known as Lam6 curves [2].s. Although the optical fiber is obviously the key ingredient in a communication system as a channel. with N > 2. In addition to modal characteristics. Optical waveguides with noncircular cross sections have been extensively studied. No. noncircular guides are particularly used in the detection of signals. August 5 1996 251 . The present study of optical waveguides with a Piet Hein cross section belongs to this wider field of waveguides with noncircular cross section. A waveguide with a Piet Hein cross section is an example of the situation. 5. 12.

(3) can be reduced to the form -* d2@ 3 dJr c f i 7+ . Solving this equation under the limit s2 + 0. that is. Bz= p 2 .and C(&) is the cosine integral function of 6. (2) which can be rewritten after separating the variables in the form as with c as a constant that represents the modal index. No. z = z. At this point it is to be noted that the equation containing the variable 5 is not of relevance in our study. by applying the approximation p -=K6. respectively. 5. x = 'iF1/p2. in the corner region of the structure.p2. the axial component of the propagation vector (which is perpendicular to the paper) and the free-space propagation constant. Eq. As n2k2 . [ijjjsi+Jm)2-454)1/2 -( t 2+ \/(pd+501}]1/2. where B1= n:k2 . (1) reduces to the form + ( n 2 k 2 . the above Eq.the refractive index (of the material)./3 e c / p 6 . As the structure of Figure 1 deviates from the rectangular structure owing to the absence of sharp curvatures (discontinuities) in the corner regions. - . it is rather important to solve the wave equation in the corner regions rather than in the central region. After some straightforward mathematical steps. as it does not contain the parameter p. Thus. (41. the axial component of the propagation vector. The coordinate transformation equations are x= the cladding regions (Figure 11. by applying the scalar field approximation. This equation is a form of the Bessel equation. the wave functions in the core and 252 -92/Ug1/a t ysin d x x (4) X The solutions of Eq. 12. it can be shown that the solution of Eq. Case 11: p % 5.nIk2. yielding the eigenvalue equation for the structure as follows: Case I: p << (. (6) provide the propagation constants of various field patterns sustained by the guide. el = (cfi)'IZ/2.+ dP PdP P6 = 0. Now two cases can be considered: Now.p 2 ) p 6 $ = 0 . the wave functions and their first derivatives are matched at the corecladding boundary ( p = a). one can get the cutoff MICROWAVE AND OPTICAL TECHNOLOGY LEVERS / Vol.will take the following forms: /. in the region away from the corners. We shall now consider two conditions Condition I. August 5 1996 ..

Fl and F2 are the abbreviations for the left-hand sides of Eqs. will provide the cutoff equation as As stated earlier.n:k2))1/2 = b. 5. Again following the same steps as discussed above (Condition I). (7) and (9). In Condition I we assume that c is very large so that n2k2 . for the core region 9’ (say) and W = J (ii). DISCUSSION --93- 120 P 1 144 Equation (8) is the field solution in the core and the cladding regions under the following conditions: = ( f i ( n : k Z . we consider two conditions. F. in particular c = 0. which is as follows i 3 -0. P 3. the solution is obtained as follows: + 46bf({ . that is. which. it is more convenient to consider the cutoff condition. it is desirable to make suitable and physically plausible approximations. We now come to some numerical computation made on the basis of Eqs. Considering the great complexity of the analytical process.0 * I I 6. the present article is addressed to the problem of electromagnetic wave propagation through a waveguide with a Piet Hein cross section. when solved under the limiting condition b.81 0. Even in this particular region of propagation.2 -1. 12. Equation (1) is thus essentially the solution to the problem and contains. to the above described Conditions I and 11. respectively. In this case Eq.. the cases with large and small values of the mode index c. (3) is solved under the approxi- mation c -+ 0. shown as Eqs.iz 9 6 / [ / e d p ] d p 720 ( P d p d p = F2 = 0. For such modes with large c values we have the characteristic equation (6).0 I 1 2.-c. In Condition I1 we can consider the modes corresponding to very small values of c. -+ 0. Figure 3 shows the plots of F.0 Figure 3 Plot of F. in principle.0 I 1 3.0 Condition 11. whereby we obtain a lengthy characteristic equation that is not explicitly shown in this text. (9) for the guided modes. Here J and H represent a Bessel function of the first kind and a Hankel function of the first kind.a -1.0 I I 8. all the information regarding the electromagnetic wave through such waveguides.condition for the guided modes. against the normalized frequency V parameter at cutoff corresponding. respectively. The normalized frequency V parameter at cutoff is given as MICROWAVE AND OPTICAL TECHNOLOGY LElTERS / Vol. -1. 1 I 1. for the cladding region 9 = (fi(pz . (say) and W = H. No. August 5 1996 253 . (7) and (9). and F against V and finally. The cutoff conditions corresponding to the above described Conditions I and I1 are. respectively. respectively.. In order to have an understanding of the modal propagation.p2))’/’ = b 1 (i). (7) and (91.0 1 7.0 I I 4. field matching at the core cladding boundary will lead the characteristic eigenvalue equation. We focus our attention on the region of propagation close to the smooth bends at the four corners of the cross-sectional curve.0 V- I I 5. and F.p z << c / p 6 .

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