Fourier Transform Polarimetry

  • Jennifer A. Bardwell
  • Michael J. Dignam
Part of the Polymer Science and Technology book series (POLS, volume 36)


Electromagnetic radiation propagates through homogeneous isotropic media without change in polarization state. Reflection or transmission through an interface at other than normal incidence, however, does result in a change of polarization state, as does propagation through anisotropic media. Ellipsometry is the art of measurement of the polarization state of fully polarized light, and hence of the measurement of the properties of materials and interfaces to transform fully polarized light. The information sought in the case of transmission through anisotropic materials is the differential dispersion and differential absorption spectra, while from reflection studies, most commonly it is the thickness and optical constants of one or more overlayers. In this paper, we address all of these in connection with Fourier transform UV-VIS and IR spectroscopy of polymers, but in addition, a section on emission spectra, which in general involves making measurements on partially polarized light, has been included, hence the choice of the more general term “polarimetry” over “ellipsometry”.


Polarization State Beam Splitter Linear Polarizer Optical Constant Reflection Loss 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer A. Bardwell
    • 1
  • Michael J. Dignam
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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