Plasmonic nano-structures for optical data storage

Masud Mansuripur, A. R. Zakharian, A. Lesuffleur, Sang Hyun Oh, Ronald J Jones, N. C. Lindquist, Hyungsoon Im, A. Kobyakov, Jerome V Moloney

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Abstract

We propose a method of optical data storage that exploits the small dimensions of metallic nano-particles and/or nano-structures to achieve high storage densities. The resonant behavior of these particles (both individually and in small clusters) in the presence of ultraviolet, visible, and near-infrared light may be used to retrieve pre-recorded information by far-field spectroscopic optical detection. In plasmonic data storage, a very short (∼ few femtoseconds) laser pulse is focused to a diffraction-limited spot over a small region of an optical disk containing metallic nano-structures. The digital data stored in each bit-cell, comprising multiple bits of information, modifies the spectrum of the incident light pulse. This spectrum is subsequently detected, upon reflection/transmission, with the aid of an optical spectrum analyzer. We present theoretical as well as preliminary experimental results that confirm the potential of plasmonic nano-structures for high-density optical data storage applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14001-14014
Number of pages14
JournalOptics Express
Volume17
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 3 2009

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Plasmonic nano-structures for optical data storage. / Mansuripur, Masud; Zakharian, A. R.; Lesuffleur, A.; Oh, Sang Hyun; Jones, Ronald J; Lindquist, N. C.; Im, Hyungsoon; Kobyakov, A.; Moloney, Jerome V.

In: Optics Express, Vol. 17, No. 16, 03.08.2009, p. 14001-14014.

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Mansuripur, M, Zakharian, AR, Lesuffleur, A, Oh, SH, Jones, RJ, Lindquist, NC, Im, H, Kobyakov, A & Moloney, JV 2009, 'Plasmonic nano-structures for optical data storage', Optics Express, vol. 17, no. 16, pp. 14001-14014. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.014001
Mansuripur M, Zakharian AR, Lesuffleur A, Oh SH, Jones RJ, Lindquist NC et al. Plasmonic nano-structures for optical data storage. Optics Express. 2009 Aug 3;17(16):14001-14014. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.014001
Mansuripur, Masud ; Zakharian, A. R. ; Lesuffleur, A. ; Oh, Sang Hyun ; Jones, Ronald J ; Lindquist, N. C. ; Im, Hyungsoon ; Kobyakov, A. ; Moloney, Jerome V. / Plasmonic nano-structures for optical data storage. In: Optics Express. 2009 ; Vol. 17, No. 16. pp. 14001-14014.
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