2020 Special Topic Online Course: Anisotropy in CompleteEASE


Online Webinar


Schedule below for live sessions.  Each session will be recorded in case you are not able to watch at the designated time.

Session 1:
January 21, 2020

Session 2:
January 28, 2020

Session 3:
February 4, 2020

Session 4:
February 11, 2020

Session 5:
February 18, 2020

Session 6:
February 25, 2020

Session 7:
March 3, 2020

Session 8:
March 10, 2020

Session 9:
March 17, 2020

Session 10:
March 24, 2020


1:00-3:00 PM CST

Each session is 2 hours in length.


Customers using CompleteEASE software.

It is recommended that you have already attended our standard 3-day CompleteEASE short course.


Registration ends January 15, 2020

Limited space available.


$500 Standard Price

$250 University Price

The J.A. Woollam Company is proud to announce an online course focused on the analysis of anisotropic materials.  This course will use CompleteEASE software for analysis. There will be ten sessions in total, with one session every Tuesday over a 10 week period. The sessions will be 2 hours long.

If you use a different J.A. Woollam software package (i.e. WVASE), please contact us for details regarding pertinent courses of interest for you.

This is an advanced course, it is recommended that you are familiar with the fundamentals of fitting data in CompleteEASE prior to this course.  If you are uncertain, please send us an email at info@jawoollam.com

Course Details

Each registered participant will be invited to participate in sessions, and to view recordings of each session afterwards. In addition to internet-sessions, students will receive relevant example data sets to practice. Homework can be sent to the instructor as a CompleteEASE SnapShot file for review prior to the next session. Registered participants who submit >70% of the homework will receive a certificate of participation.

Internet Conferencing

Participants must have internet access to participate in the webinar so they can log onto the course via GoToWebinar. For audio, participants can either call one of the numbers provided by GoToWebinar at the time of the session, or access audio from their computer via a VoIP connection from GoToWebinar. Participants who are from the same organization/facility are welcome to participate from a conference room using a commonly shared computer, projector and audio connection.

Recordings of all sessions will made available to registered participants during the course and for a period afterwards.

For more information please contact us at info@jawoollam.com



Session 1: Introduction & Uniaxial Films
  • What is Anisotropy?
  • Uniaxial Thin Films
  • Identifying Anisotropic Samples


Session 2: Absorbing Uniaxial Films
  • Uniaxial films with absorbing regions
  • Using B-Spline and Gen-Osc
  • Review of strategies


Session 3: Generalized SE & the Retardance Model
  • Jones Calculus
  • Jones Matrix for Linear Retarder
  • Generalized Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (g-SE)
  • Retardance Model


Session 4: Mueller Matrix SE & Depolarization
  • Stokes vectors and Mueller-Matrix elements
  • Common Mueller-Matrix shapes
  • Measuring the Mueller Matrix
  • Depolarization


Session 5: Approaching Anisotropic Substrates: Part 1
  • Analysis of substrates using reflected measurements
  • Multiple Azimuth Analysis
  • Euler Angles


Session 6: Approaching Anisotropic Substrates: Part 2
  • Analysis of substrates using transmitted measurements
  • Multi data-set modeling and multi data-type modeling


Session 7: Coatings on anisotropic substrates
  • Four strategies to attempt for coatings on anisotropic substrates


Session 8: Anisotropic Bruggeman Effective Medium Approximation
  • Create a model for shape-induced anisotropy
  • Model porous films
  • Model 3D nanostructures (GLAD)


Session 9:Liquid Crystals and Chiral Structures
  • Liquid Crystal Anisotropy
  • Liquid Crystal Retarders
  • Modeling a Twisted Anisotropic Material
  • Cholesteric Liquid Crystals

March 24

Session 10: Review of entire course
  • Review


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