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Applications of the Theory of Optical Spectroscopy to Numerical Simulations

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A numerical simulation has been developed to extract the optical constants from experimental spectra. In particular, transmission, internal reflection, and external reflection spectra can be simulated for any incident angle, polarization, and sample thickness. The simulation is used here to determine the optical constants of two materials and to illustrate differences in spectral features that arise from variations in experimental conditions. Other potential applications of this method include determining film thicknesses from experimental data, selecting the best spectroscopic technique for a particular sample, and cross-referencing spectroscopic techniques.

Keywords: External reflection; Internal reflection; Numerical simulations; Optical constants; Spectroscopy; Transmission

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1366/0003702934067117

Affiliations: 1: Harrick Scientific Corporation, P.O. Box 1288, 88 Broadway, Ossining, New York 10562; present address: Spectra-Tech, 652 Glenbrook Road, Stamford, CT 06906 2: Harrick Scientific Corporation, P.O. Box 1288, 88 Broadway, Ossining, New York 10562

Publication date: May 1, 1993

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