Techniques for ellipsometric measurement of the thickness and optical constants of thin absorbing films

William A. McGahan, Blaine Johs, John A. Woollam

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The determination of both the optical constants and thickness of thin, optically absorbing films, particularly on opaque substrates, is a difficult problem when approached solely with ellipsometric techniques. This is due to the strong statistical correlation which exists between the optical constants of the film (primarily the extinction coefficient) and the thickness of the film when adjusting these parameters to fit the experimental ellipsometric data. In this paper we present several techniques which are useful for the solution of this problem, and illustrate the success of these individual techniques with analysis of several thin films of amorphous hydrogenated carbon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-446
Number of pages4
JournalThin Solid Films
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Oct 25 1993


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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