0925-3467/$ see front matter 2009 Elsevier B.V. A doi:10.1016/j.optmat.2009.08.003 * Corresponding author. Tel./fax: +86 451 8640277 E-mail address: email@example.com (B. Yang). Layered-perovskite ferroelectric Bi2.25La0.75TiNbO9 (LBTN-0.75) optical waveguiding thin films have been prepared on fused silica substrates by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). X-ray h–2h scans revealed that the films are single-phase perovskite. The optical properties, such as the wavelength dependence of the transmittance and the refractive index, were determined. The average transmittance of the film is 75% in the wavelength range of 200–1100 nm and the band gap Eg = 3.46 eV. The optical waveguiding properties of the films were characterized by using prism coupling method. The distinct m-lines of the guided transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) modes of the LBTN-0.75 films waveguide have been observed. The film homogeneity and the film–substrate interface were analyzed using the inverse Wentzel–Kramer–Brillouin (iWKB) method. 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.