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26 December 1984 Deposition, Characterization, And Simulation Of Thin Films With Form Birefringence
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Birefringence in optical thin films due to structure on a scale large compared to atoms but small compared to optical wavelengths, known as form birefringence (FB), was observed almost a century ago. More recently, studies of obliquely deposited metal films stimulated new interest in birefringent films. The link between structure, which is predominantly columnar in evaporated thin films, and birefringence has been conclusively demonstrated through ellipsometric measurement and modeling. Direct measurements of form birefringence are especially tedious in tilted films, since essentially four quantities must be derived: three indices of refraction and the film thickness. Clearly, four measurements are required; Horowitz' used an ellipsometric method to perform such measurements on a zirconium oxide (Zr02) film. Later, a 4.6-μm-thick film of Zr02 was obliquely deposited; spectrophotometric measurements revealed its utility as a half-wave plate. A parallel effort directed at understanding FB films through computer simulations has been undertaken by Sikkens and Liao. These simulations can be specialized to include defects, epitaxy, and anisotropic surface mobility. Applications of obliquely deposited FB films of familiar thin film materials can be anticipated if their structure and performance can be more thoroughly understood.
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M. R. Jacobson, F. Horowitz, and Bangjun Liao "Deposition, Characterization, And Simulation Of Thin Films With Form Birefringence", Proc. SPIE 0505, Advances in Optical Materials, (26 December 1984);

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