Terahertz generalized Mueller-matrix ellipsometry

T. Hofmann, U. Schade, C. M. Herzinger, P. Esquinazi, M. Schubert

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2 Scopus citations


We report on the first successful generalized Mueller-matrix ellipsometry measurements in the THz-frequency domain using the high-brilliance THz synchrotron radiation source IRIS at the electron storage ring BESSY, Germany. Generalized Ellipsometry, which is known as a powerful tool for measurement of optical constants including anisotropy and which was previously used in the FIR to VUV spectral range, is now employed for the first time to investigate condensed matter samples in the frequency range from 0.9 to 8 THz (30 to 650 cm -1). Exemplarily, results obtained from bound and unbound charge-carrier investigations in low-dimensional semi- and superconducting systems are presented. Future applications of this technique for investigation of charge-carrier dynamics in magnetic fields are envisioned.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTerahertz and Gigahertz Electronics and Photonics V
StatePublished - 2006
EventTerahertz and Gigahertz Electronics and Photonics V - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 25 2006Jan 26 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherTerahertz and Gigahertz Electronics and Photonics V
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA


  • Far infrared
  • Free-charge-carrier response
  • Generalized Mueller-matrix ellipsometry
  • Magnetooptic anisotropy
  • THz

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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