We studied the incidence-angle dependence of the optical reflectivity difference in response to ultrathin films on transparent and opaque substrates. We found that the classical three-layer model reproduces the experimentally obtained angular dependence for a monolayer of xenon on Nb(110) and for a monolayer of protein molecules on functionalized glass. We explore the enhancement of the optical response near the Brewster angle (or its equivalent for opaque substrates) in thin film detection.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics