Starting with object generation 4.80, both SCOUT and CODE are able to load measured spectra from a Zeiss ThinProcess SQL database. The mechanism is described here.
The small slider windows that can float around on the desktop have been enhanced. You can now easily set the lower and upper slider limits based on the current parameter value: You can choose between +/- a percentage or +/- an absolute value by a single mouse click. There is an option to apply this setting to all sliders.
In addition, you can now easily group all sliders on the screen below a ‘master slider’.
Starting with object generation 4.77 you can generate low and high limits for fit parameters automatically when you generate them – at least for thickness values. In the fit options dialog (File/Options/Fit) you can set a percentage (lower right corner) which is used to compute the low and high limit of the available thickness range. The reference value is the thickness value at the time the new fit parameter is generated.
Note that the automatically generated range is also the range of parameter sliders that are based on fit parameters.
Note also that you can automatically generate thin film thickness values as fit parameters by drag&drop of a layer stack to the list of fit parameters in the treeview. If the list of fit parameters is shown in a view this is certainly the fastest way of generating thickness sliders.
Here is an example showing sliders with limits of +/-5% that have been generated automatically:
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A halogen light, 16 UV-LEDs and an integrating sphere have been combined with 2 spectrometers to the WOSP Sunblock system. It measures reflectance in the range 300 … 1050 nm, with the option to extend the NIR range up to 2500 nm.
The light sources inject radiation into a sphere (76 mm diameter). The intensity at the sphere wall as well as the intensity reflected by the sample are simultaneously recorded with 2 spectrometers. Signals recorded for a reference mirror and the sample are combined to compute the final reflectance of the sample.
The whole block can be mounted on a traverse or a robot arm – only electrical cables leave the system.
The rack mounted system shown above has been used to record some demonstration spectra discussed below. All spectra have been acquired in less than one second.
Since the final spectrum is based on ratios of spectra the absolute light source intensity cancels – this leads to very stable results. The spectra shown below have been recorded with a delay of more than half an hour:
The next set of spectra show reflectance spectra of float glass with SiN layers of different thickness:
The format of Optoplex NGQ csv files has been changed and we had to modify our import routine to match the new structure of the files – the new procedure is active starting with object generation 4.68. This may eventually cause trouble if you are still working with the older format. Please tell us if that happens …
An error in the computation of carrier mobility for the extended Drude model has been removed. The new (hopefully correct) values are all smaller than the previously computed values.
Once youhave optimized the design of your coating product with respect to angular variation of color you have to check if it really performs as CODE predicts.
The prototype described in this section will do the job: You can record absolute reflectance and transmittance spectra in high quality for the range 8° to 85° of the angle of incidence. The 85° are possible only for thin samples, with thickness below 5 mm. You do not need a calibration mirror since the 100% reference measurement can be done with light source and detector facing directly opposite to each other.
WOSP-ART consists of a light source and a detector mounted on arms which can be rotated individually. Spectra are recorded for the wavelength range 380 … 1100 nm. Extensions to the UV (down to 280 nm) and the NIR (up to 2500 nm) are possible.
Measurements are performed using our CODE software which can export results to data files or external SQL databases.
We have updated the documentation of the connectivity to external SQL databases. SCOUT and CODE can save configurations, materials and measured spectra as well as fit results. The required table structure is generated automatically.
Below is the link to the relevant section of the SCOUT manual:
This problem has been described in a previous post. The recommended installation of the Microsoft redistributable package does not seem to solve the problem in every case.
We have made the missing DLLs available on our website. You can download the files here and copy them to your SCOUT or CODE program folder directly, without executing any installation routine.
The relevant program folders are (very likely) c:\scout\ (in the case of SCOUT) or c:\code\ (for the CODE software).