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Experimental determination of optical constants in the vacuum ultraviolet wavelength region between 80 and 140 nm: a reflectance versus thickness method and its application to ZnSe

Françoise Bridou 1 Mireille Cuniot-Ponsard 2 Jean-Michel Desvignes 2
1 Laboratoire Charles Fabry de l'Institut d'Optique / Scop
LCFIO - Laboratoire Charles Fabry de l'Institut d'Optique
2 Laboratoire Charles Fabry de l'Institut d'Optique / Manolia
LCFIO - Laboratoire Charles Fabry de l'Institut d'Optique
Abstract : The 80-120 nm spectral range is a key domain for solar physics. Below 105 nm solids do not transmit light and the reflectance of available mirrors is particularly low which makes optical measurements specifically difficult. Optical constants of the materials may consequently be unavailable or unreliable. We present here a two media reflectance method at normal incidence suited to this VUV range, in which the variable is not the incidence angle but the thickness of the top layer made of the material to be analyzed. The real (n) and imaginary (k) parts of the complex index are directly and graphically determined in the (n,k) plane as the common intersection point of isoreflectance curves corresponding to samples different only in the thickness of the top layer. The method is tested and illustrated with ZnSe films evaporated on Al covered float glass substrates. In the literature, the reflectance magnitudes measured on ZnSe crystals differ strongly from an author to the other, leading to discrepant data for ZnSe in the VUV domain. We obtain precise and reliable values of (n,k), which fit the experimental values determined on freshly cleaved ZnSe crystals by J.L. Freeouf and the theoretical values calculated from the electronic band structure of ZnSe by John P. Walter and Marvin L. Cohen, but strongly differ from the optical constants selected by E.D. Palik in his tables.
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Françoise Bridou, Mireille Cuniot-Ponsard, Jean-Michel Desvignes. Experimental determination of optical constants in the vacuum ultraviolet wavelength region between 80 and 140 nm: a reflectance versus thickness method and its application to ZnSe. Optics Communications, Elsevier, 2007, 271, pp.353-360. ⟨hal-00575890⟩

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