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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2008
  • pp: 2021–2028

Effective-substrate theory for optical reflection from a layered substrate

J. P. Landry, X. Wang, Y. Y. Fei, and X. D. Zhu  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 25, Issue 12, pp. 2021-2028 (2008)

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We show that reflection of a monochromatic light from a semi-infinite medium covered with a stack of layered media is equivalent to that from an effective “semi-infinite medium” characterized by two distinct optical dielectric constants for the s- and p-polarized components, respectively. Such an effective-substrate approach simplifies the analysis of ellipsometry measurements of a wide range of surface-bound processes including thin-film growth and surface-bound reactions.

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OCIS Codes
(240.0310) Optics at surfaces : Thin films
(310.1860) Thin films : Deposition and fabrication
(310.3840) Thin films : Materials and process characterization
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties
(310.4165) Thin films : Multilayer design
(240.2130) Optics at surfaces : Ellipsometry and polarimetry

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: July 29, 2008
Revised Manuscript: September 26, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 3, 2008
Published: November 19, 2008

J. P. Landry, X. Wang, Y. Y. Fei, and X. D. Zhu, "Effective-substrate theory for optical reflection from a layered substrate," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 25, 2021-2028 (2008)

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