Anisotropy of optical constants of YBCO

D. G. Walmsley*, A. Sellai, P. G. McCafferty, P. Dawson, C. C. Smyth, T. Morrow, W. G. Graham

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Otto configuration attenuated total reflection (ATR) measurements of the excitation of surface plasmons in the infrared have been carried out on YBCO films deposited on MgO (100) substrates. The dielectric constants for YBCO at 3.392 μm are determined to be -10+15i for c-axis material. The anisotropic nature of the cuprate is seen from films with other orientations: nearly a-axis material has constants of 4.0+7.0i. It is thus not metallic in its optical response along the c-axis which lies parallel to the substrate plane. Ellipsometric measurements in the visible on c-axis material point to a maximum surface plasmon energy of 1 eV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)943-946
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Superconductivity
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • YBCO
  • attenuated total reflection
  • ellipsometry
  • optical constants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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