Abstract

The complex refractive indices of polymers have important applications in the analysis of their components and the study of radiation endothermic mechanisms. Since these materials have high transmittance in the visible to near-infrared ranges, it is difficult to accurately measure their complex refractive indices. At present, the data for complex refractive indices of polymers are seriously lacking, which greatly limits the applications of these materials in the field of thermal radiation. In this work, spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) combined with the ray tracing method (RTM) is used to measure the complex refractive indices of five polymers, polydimethylsiloxane, poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), polycarbonate, polystyrene, and polyethylene terephthalate, in the spectral range of 0.4–2 µm. The double optical pathlength transmission method (DOPTM) is used to measure the complex refractive indices of three polymers, PMMA, polyvinyl chloride, and polyetherimide, in the 0.4–2 µm range. The complex refractive index of PMMA measured by the DOPTM almost coincides with the data measured by SE combined with the RTM. The results show that the trends of the complex refractive indices spectra for the seven polymers in the 0.4–2 µm range are similar. This work makes up for the lack of complex refractive indices in the 0.4–2 µm range for these seven materials and points out the direction for accurate measurements of the complex refractive indices of polymers with weak absorption.

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Data File 1       The complex refractive indices of PDMS with different ratios x of composition in 0.4-2 micro.
Data File 2       The complex refractive indices of two PMMA obtained by two methods.
Data File 3       The complex refractive index of PC in 0.4-2 micro.
Data File 4       The complex refractive index of PS in 0.4-2 micro.
Data File 5       The complex refractive index of PET in 0.4-2 micro.
Data File 6       The complex refractive index of PVC in 0.4-2 micro.
Data File 7       The complex refractive index of PEI in 0.4-2 micro.

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