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It is shown that the analysis of surface layers by neutron reflection interferometry is considerably enhanced by performing the reflectometry with phase information. We discuss two methods of providing such information. One method involves physically adding an extra reference layer, whose amplitude and phase are known theoretically. The other uses the Lloyd's mirror configuration, in which a directly propagating ray that interferes with the reflected ray supplies the phase information. The methods have much in common with holography.


Gudkov, V.P., Opat, G.I., and Klein, A.G. (1993). Neutron reflection interferometry: physical principles of surface analysis with phase information. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 5(49), 9013-9024. doi: 10.1088/0953-8984/5/49/004

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