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  • Vol. 12, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 1973
  • pp: 2901–2908

Measurement of Thin Film Parameters with a Prism Coupler

R. Ulrich and R. Torge  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 12, Issue 12, pp. 2901-2908 (1973)

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The prism coupler, known from experiments on integrated optics, can be used to determine the refractive index and the thickness of a light-guiding thin film. Both parameters are obtained simultaneously and with good accuracy by measuring the coupling angles at the prism and fitting them by a theoretical dispersion curve. The fundamentals and limitations of this method are discussed, its practical use, and mathematical procedures for the evaluation.

© 1973 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: April 23, 1973
Published: December 1, 1973

R. Ulrich and R. Torge, "Measurement of Thin Film Parameters with a Prism Coupler," Appl. Opt. 12, 2901-2908 (1973)

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