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Ellipsometric Methods of Characterization of Optical Thin Films
Author(s): R M. A. Azzam
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Paper Abstract

Valuable information is lost when light is viewed merely as a photon flux, overlooking its essential polarization character. Consequently, conventional near-normal-incidence (R, T) optical monitors are basically inefficient. Instead, we recommend that the next generation of optical monitors use ellipsometry and photometry on the reflected and transmitted beams, simultaneously, to extract six parameters (R,ψΔr, T, ψt, Δt) at the observation angle of incidence and at each wavelength. This additional data can be used for more complete characterization of the deposited thin films, including anisotropy or index gradients. A simple test for anisotropy or inhomogeneity in a growing transparent thin film based on the ratio of complex transmission coefficients ρt = tan ψt exp(jΔt) is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 1986
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0652, Thin Film Technologies II, (13 October 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.938378
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R M. A. Azzam, University of New Orleans (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0652:
Thin Film Technologies II
J. Roland Jacobsson, Editor(s)

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