Abstract

The optical constants of sapphire crystal (α-Al2O3) and amorphous Al2O3 in the soft x-ray region (67–85 eV) around the aluminum LII,III absorption edge (73.1 eV) are determined by angle-dependent x-ray reflectivity. The differences between the optical constant values of both the samples are discussed. The fine structures obtained in the absorption of crystalline sapphire are explained. An absorption feature at 70.2 eV is observed for the first time for crystalline alumina. Both datasets are compared to the tabulated values of Henke et al. [At. Data Nucl. Data Tables 54, 181 (1993)], Weaver et al. [Physik Daten, Physics Data: Optical Properties of Metals (Fach-information zentrum, 1981), Vols. 18-1 and 18-2], and [Handbook of Optical Constants of Solids II (Academic, 1991)].

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