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Evaluation of optical constants in oxide thin films using machine learning

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posted on 2023-08-05, 16:00 authored by Kyosuke Saeki, Takayuki Makino
This paper describes an inverse analysis method using neural networks on optical spectroscopy, and its application to the quantitative optical constant evaluation. The present method consists of three subprocesses. First, measurable UV-visible spectroscopic quantities were calculated as functions of the optical constants of the solid based on the Tomlin equations [J. Phys. D 1 1667 (1968)] by carefully eliminating the unpractical combinations of optical constants. Second, the back-propagation neural network is trained using the calculated relationships between the measurable quantities and the optical constants. Finally, the trained network is utilized to determine the optical constants from measured responses. The conventional (Newton-Raphson) method tends to require the judgement of a well-experienced analyst, while machine learning shows automatically human-free performance in data conversion.



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