Virtual separation approach to study porous ultra-thin films by combined spectroscopic ellipsometry and quartz crystal microbalance methods

K. B. Rodenhausen, M. Schubert

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Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) and quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) techniques have been extensively used as independent surface characterization tools to monitor in-situ thin film formation. They provide different information for ultra-thin films because QCM-D is sensitive to the solvent content while SE is not. For using these two techniques in tandem, we present a virtual separation approach to enable the determination of both ultra-thin film thickness and porosity. Assumptions for the intrinsic molecular polarizability (index of refraction no) and density (ρo) of the organic adsorbent must be made, and the consequences for these parameters' values are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2772-2776
Number of pages5
JournalThin Solid Films
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Feb 28 2011



  • Organic thin films
  • Quartz crystal microbalance
  • Spectroscopic ellipsometry

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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