Abstract

The design and construction of an ellipsometer based on a fixed-wavelength rotating-retarder Stokes polarimeter is described. Details are provided for an automated calibration scheme that provides two advantages for its operation. The first allows the phase of the lock-in amplifiers to be set based on the raw data, without a known calibration sample. The second illustrates that the relative amplitude of the acquired signals may also be calibrated in a similar manner. As an illustration, the refractive index and thickness of a glass cover slide are determined over a range of incident angles.

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