The ellipsometry is an efficient method to determine the optical properties of matter. It has been largely employed with grating spectrometers in the visible, UV and near-infrared ranges for the characterization of thin films, surfaces and interfaces. In the mid- and far-infrared, where most substance-specific absorption lines are present, spectroscopic ellipsometry with Fourier-transform spectrometers is still not extended as a routine method. In particular, the lack of powerful sources in the far-infrared/terahertz range has prevented standoff application of this method. We will show that it is possible to measure the complex dielectric constant of a solid in the far-infrared and terahertz range by a reflection experiment with polarized light and ellipsometric analysis with a suitable calibration procedure. Extraction of terahertz synchrotron radiation from storage rings provides a suitable source for research-grade experiments. The optical constants determined by ellipsometry compare well with those obtained by KramersKronig procedures, a method which, however, requires broader frequency range and absolute reflectance standard. We will present the case of remote spectroscopic identification of explosive materials, which is relevant for forthcoming security applications.

Fourier-transform far-infrared spectroscopic ellipsometry for standoff material identification / Ortolani, Michele; U., Schade. - In: NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH. SECTION A, ACCELERATORS, SPECTROMETERS, DETECTORS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT. - ISSN 0168-9002. - STAMPA. - 623(2010), pp. 791-793. [10.1016/j.nima.2010.02.079]

Fourier-transform far-infrared spectroscopic ellipsometry for standoff material identification

ORTOLANI, MICHELE;
2010

Abstract

The ellipsometry is an efficient method to determine the optical properties of matter. It has been largely employed with grating spectrometers in the visible, UV and near-infrared ranges for the characterization of thin films, surfaces and interfaces. In the mid- and far-infrared, where most substance-specific absorption lines are present, spectroscopic ellipsometry with Fourier-transform spectrometers is still not extended as a routine method. In particular, the lack of powerful sources in the far-infrared/terahertz range has prevented standoff application of this method. We will show that it is possible to measure the complex dielectric constant of a solid in the far-infrared and terahertz range by a reflection experiment with polarized light and ellipsometric analysis with a suitable calibration procedure. Extraction of terahertz synchrotron radiation from storage rings provides a suitable source for research-grade experiments. The optical constants determined by ellipsometry compare well with those obtained by KramersKronig procedures, a method which, however, requires broader frequency range and absolute reflectance standard. We will present the case of remote spectroscopic identification of explosive materials, which is relevant for forthcoming security applications.
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