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  • Vol. 10, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 1971
  • pp: 2679–2684

Ellipsometry Using Imperfect Polarizers

R. H. W. Graves  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 10, Issue 12, pp. 2679-2684 (1971)

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Recent work in which reflection polarizers were used to make ellipsometric measurements in the far uv employed the tacit assumption that the incident light was in a coherent state of polarization. However, since the most general state of light, is that of partial polarization, i.e., a mixture of polarized and unpolarized components, a significant modification to the experimental techniques used hitherto is shown to be necessary.

© 1971 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: July 7, 1971
Published: December 1, 1971

R. H. W. Graves, "Ellipsometry Using Imperfect Polarizers," Appl. Opt. 10, 2679-2684 (1971)

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