Abstract

In a coated and laminated optical disk, only a reflectance method is available for oblique incidence retardation measurements to evaluate the birefringence in a polycarbonate substrate. I propose a simple measurement method that simultaneously measures both the lateral and vertical birefringence in a coated substrate. In this reflectance method, only two oblique incidence retardation values with a fixed incident angle are measured from the radial and the circumferential directions of the disk. Using the sum and the difference of these two retardation values, we can calculate both birefringences without any cumbersome curve-fitting procedure. This method can easily be introduced into the routine inspection for optical disk manufacturing.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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