A second optimum value of ψ0=62.63°was inadvertently missed in Eq. (26a) of Ref. 16.

Since the determinant of the instrument matrix appears in the denominator of various condition numbers, it is not surprising that the criterion of the maximum determinant approximately corresponds to the minimum condition number.

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R. M. A. Azzam, N. M. Bashara, Ellipsometry and Polarized Light (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1987).

For a thick uncoated dielectric slab BS, Δrand Δtassume the trivial values of 0 or ±π, and condition (6c) is violated; hence detA=0.Therefore thin-film coatings are required for the BS of DOAP.

According to Eq. (4), a given error δIin the measured signal vector Iresults in a corresponding error δSof the derived Stokes vector S, which is given by δS=A-1δI.Because A-1is proportional to 1/detA,maximization of |detA|is consistent with reduction of the error δS.

Equation (13a) has an infinite number of solutions, and it is by convention11that the ellipsometric angle ψ is confined to the first quadrant, 0≤ψ≤π/2.