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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 9 — Mar. 20, 2011
  • pp: C301–C308

Application of thin-film interference coatings in infrared reflection spectroscopy of organic samples in contact with thin metal films

Martina Reithmeier and Andreas Erbe  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 9, pp. C301-C308 (2011)

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A thin dielectric IR-transparent interlayer is introduced between an IR-transparent medium of incidence and a thin metal film. The interlayer increases the intensity of light on the metal/sample interface at certain wavenumbers. By computations, the reflectivities of the system “calcium fluoride ( CaF 2 )– germanium (Ge)–gold (Au) sample” are analyzed as a function of incidence angle and Ge layer thickness. Absorbance spectra with acetonitrile as a sample are recorded for different angles of incidence and polarizations and compared to computations. A characteristic feature of the absorbance spectra is the occurrence of interference fringes distributed between 1000 and 6000 cm 1 , i.e., over the complete mid-IR wavelength range into the near-IR. These fringes could be used in analytical spectroscopy.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6490) Optics at surfaces : Spectroscopy, surface
(300.6340) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, infrared
(310.4165) Thin films : Multilayer design
(310.6845) Thin films : Thin film devices and applications
(310.7005) Thin films : Transparent conductive coatings

Original Manuscript: July 29, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 10, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 10, 2010
Published: January 24, 2011

Martina Reithmeier and Andreas Erbe, "Application of thin-film interference coatings in infrared reflection spectroscopy of organic samples in contact with thin metal films," Appl. Opt. 50, C301-C308 (2011)

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