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  • Vol. 65, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 1975
  • pp: 1274–1278

Photometric ellipsometer for measuring partially polarized light

D. E. Aspnes  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 65, Issue 11, pp. 1274-1278 (1975)

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If a compensator rotating at exactly one-third the rate of the analyzer is added to a rotating-analyzer ellipsometer (RAE), all four Stokes parameters of a general polarization state can be measured by Fourier analyzing the transmitted flux. This rotating-analyzer/compensator ellipsometer (RACE) retains the high sensitivity of photometric systems while eliminating the measurement ambiguities characteristic of other photometric ellipsometers. It is self-calibrating and, like null systems, its precision does not depend upon the state measured.

D. E. Aspnes, "Photometric ellipsometer for measuring partially polarized light," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 65, 1274-1278 (1975)

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