Relation between s-polarized and p-polarized internal reflection spectra: Application for the spectral resolution of perpendicular vibrational modes

Robin H A. Ras, Helsinki University of Technology
Robert A. Schoonheydt, Centrum voor Oppervlaktechemie en Katalyse
Cliff T. Johnston, Purdue University

Date of this Version

September 2007

Citation

J. Phys. Chem. A 2007, 111, 8787-8791

This document has been peer-reviewed.

 

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DOI: 10.1021/jp073108a

Abstract

The orientation of chemical bonds in thin films is commonly probed with polarized internal reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Here we demonstrate how the internal reflection spectra obtained using s-polarized light are related with the corresponding p-polarized spectra. The relation between s- and p-polarized internal reflection spectra is applied to resolve the absorption bands of vibrational modes with components oriented perpendicular to the substrate. This is successfully demonstrated using Langmuir-Blodgett films containing smectite clay minerals and a surfactant deposited on ZnSe and Ge internal reflection elements.

 

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