Comparison of nanometer-thick films by x-ray reflectivity and spectroscopic ellipsometry
Films of tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) with thickness of 10-100 nm were deposited on Si wafers and have been compared using spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) and x-ray reflectivity (XRR). (Ta2O5) was chosen for comparison work based on various criterions for material selection outlined in this article. Measurements were performed at six positions across the sample area to take into consideration thickness and composition inhomogeneity. SE and XRR fitted curves required the incorporation of a linearly graded interface layer. SE systematically measured higher values of film thickness as compared to ...
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