Abstract

We demonstrate that the thickness and the dielectric constants of thin gold films deposited on the surface of a fiber core can be quantitatively determined as a single set of solutions by the simple measurement of the fiber-optic surface-plasmon resonance responses. This method is capable of directly characterizing metal films with curved surfaces: this is very hard to perform by use of the conventional optical techniques of reflectometry and ellipsometry. The theoretical errors for the experimental fiber are estimated to be within d ± 2%, ∊r ± 1%, and ∊i ± 15%.

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