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Characterization of optical thin films exhibiting defects
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Paper Abstract

In this paper the mathematical formalism enabling us to include defects of thin films into the formulae expressing their optical quantities is presented. The attention is devoted to the defects consisting in boundary roughness and inhomogeneity corresponding to the refractive index profile. This mathematical formalism is based on 2x2 matrix algebra. The Rayleigh-Rice theory (RRT) is used for describing boundary roughness. The refractive index profile is included into the matrix formalism by means a special procedure based on combination of the Drude and Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin-Jeffries (WKBJ) approximations. The mathematical formalism is applied for the optical characterization of thin films of TiO2 and As-S chalcogenides. Using this formalism the experimental data corresponding to the ellipsometric quantities, reflectance measured from the ambient side, reflectance measured from the substrate side and transmittance are treated. The corrections of the systematic errors connected with the reflection accessory of the spectrometer used is carried out using the special procedure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5963, Advances in Optical Thin Films II, 59632H (5 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.625371
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel Franta, Masaryk Univ. (Czech Republic)
Ivan Ohlídal, Masaryk Univ. (Czech Republic)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5963:
Advances in Optical Thin Films II
Claude Amra; Norbert Kaiser; H. Angus Macleod, Editor(s)

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