Polarization–dependent interference effects in grazing–angle fourier transform infrared reflection–absorption spectroscopy to determine the thickness of water–ice films

Marin S. Robinson, Govind Mallick, Jennifer L. Spillman, Priscilla A. Carreon, Stephanie Shalloo

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Interference fringes appeared between 6000 and 4095 cm−1 in the infrared spectra of thin water–ice films vapor deposited on an aluminum substrate and probed with grazing–angle Fourier transform infrared reflection’absorption spectroscopy. At grazing incidence the position of the fringe under perpendicularly polarized light (Es) is 180° out of phase with the position of the fringe under parallel polarized light (Ep). This shift in fringe position with polarization offers a convenient way to estimate the thickness (65%) of water–ice films between 0.5 and 1.4 mm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-95
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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