Measurement of Weak Optical Absorption at Surfaces Using Lateral Waves

  • O. S. Heavens
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Chemical Physics book series (CHEMICAL, volume 33)


The use of visible radiation for probing surface regions on the scale of atomic layers appears at first sight unpromising. However the case of detecting photons and of manipulating light beams — e.g. as in ellipsometry, which is capable of detecting a fraction of a monolayer — means that optical techniques can play a useful part in surface and interface studies. In this paper the possible use is explored of the lateral wave which is excited at an interface when a bounded beam of radiation is incident at a boundary in the dense of two media and at the critical angle.


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  1. HEAVENS O.S., (1974) Opt.Act. 21, 1.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • O. S. Heavens
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  1. 1.UER de PhysiqueUniversité de ProvenceMarseille Cedex 3France

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