Relation between s-polarized and p-polarized internal reflection spectra: Application for the spectral resolution of perpendicular vibrational modes
Date of this Version9-13-2007
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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.