We introduce a way to estimate the fluctuation of the refractive index during thin film deposition, through an optical monitor. The thicknesses and error-compensated thickness for each layer are analyzed. A novel monitoring method is thereby derived. The revised refractive index and the choice of highly sensitive monitoring wavelengths help us predict the termination points more accurately. The performance of a narrow-bandpass filter monitored by this method is demonstrated.
© 2007 Optical Society of America
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