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Measurement of thin films using slightly dispersive spectral interferometry
Author(s): R. Chlebus; P. Hlubina; D. Ciprian; J. Lunacek
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Paper Abstract

We present a white-light spectral interferometric technique which is used for measuring the absolute spectral optical path difference (OPD) between the beams in a slightly dispersive Michelson interferometer with a thin- film structure as a mirror. Two spectral interferograms are recorded to obtain the spectral interference signal from which the spectral phase is retrieved that includes the effect of both a cube beam splitter and the phase change on reflection from the thin-film structure. Knowing the effective thickness and dispersion of the beam splitter made of BK7 optical glass, a simple procedure is used to determine both the absolute spectral phase difference and OPD. The spectral OPD is measured for a SiO2 thin film on a silicon substrate and is fitted to the theoretical spectral OPD to obtain the thin-film thickness. The theoretical spectral OPD is determined provided that the optical constants of the thin-film structure are known. We measured also the nonlinear-like spectral phase and fitted it to the theoretical values in order to obtain the thin-film thickness.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 May 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6582, Nonlinear Optics and Applications II, 65821D (8 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.722682
Show Author Affiliations
R. Chlebus, Technical Univ. Ostrava (Czech Republic)
P. Hlubina, Technical Univ. Ostrava (Czech Republic)
D. Ciprian, Technical Univ. Ostrava (Czech Republic)
J. Lunacek, Technical Univ. Ostrava (Czech Republic)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6582:
Nonlinear Optics and Applications II
Mario Bertolotti, Editor(s)

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