Evanescent coupling in magneto-optical and phase-change disk systems based on the solid immersion lens

Wei Hung Yeh, M. Mansuripur

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Abstract

Results of numerical computations pertaining to evanescent wave coupling for near-field magneto-optical and phase-change disks based on the concept of the solid immersion lens are presented. We investigated the relation between the coupling efficiency and the width of the air gap in terms of the throughput of the recording process and the resolution of the readout signal. The simulations show a drastic decrease with a widening air gap of the coupling efficiency by means of evanescent waves into the recording medium. In magneto-optical readout, loss of the signal may be attributed to the reduction of magneto-optical interaction, the rise of reflectance, and the variation of the relative phase between the two components of polarization. In the phase-change readout the reduced reflectivity contrast between crystalline and amorphous marks is the cause of signal reduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)302-315
Number of pages14
JournalApplied optics
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 10 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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