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Depolarization effects in ellipsometric measurements of thick layers
Author(s): Konstantin Forcht; Ralph Joerger; Andreas Gombert; Michael Koehl; Wolfgang Graf
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Paper Abstract

Ellipsometry is a powerful technique for the determination of complex refractive indices ^n equals n plus ik of thin absorbing films deposited on a substrate. If the films are deposited onto an opaque substrate, the calculation methods are well-known. However, sometimes it is advantageous for some other reason to deposit the films onto a transparent substrate. In this case the light reflected from the back surface of the substrate must also be taken into account. If the thickness of the substrate is much larger than the coherence length of the light, there is no correlation between the phases of the light beams reflected from the boundaries of the thin film and the beam reflected from the back surface of the substrate. Therefore, it is not possible to calculate the absolute phase of the total reflectance of the system, i.e. the film plus substrate. However, for the determination of the ellipsometric coefficients the relative phase must be known. In this publication a method of calculating the ellipsometric coefficients of such a system is presented. Instead of calculating the absolute phase, this method is based on the calculation of reflected intensities for arbitrary angles of polarization taking into account the relative phase shift at each boundary. Comparisons between measurements of ellipsometric coefficients of well-known materials and the calculations based on this method show excellent agreement.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1995
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2554, Growth and Characterization of Materials for Infrared Detectors II, (1 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.218188
Show Author Affiliations
Konstantin Forcht, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Germany)
Ralph Joerger, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Germany)
Andreas Gombert, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Germany)
Michael Koehl, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Germany)
Wolfgang Graf, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2554:
Growth and Characterization of Materials for Infrared Detectors II
Randolph E. Longshore; Jan W. Baars; Avishai Kepten; John M. Trombetta, Editor(s)

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