The nature of the coupling field in optical data storage using solid immersion lenses

Tom D. Milster, Joshua S. Jo, Kusato Hirota, Kei Shimura, Yan Zhang

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The field incident onto the interface between the solid immersion lens (SIL) and recording medium is decomposed into two parts that exhibit different behavior as the beam propagates through the recording layers. The homogeneous part is shown to diffract, and the inhomogeneous part decays exponentially away from the bottom of the SIL. Reflection and signal contrast are calculated for a phase-change recording medium. The dependences of the signal contrast on the gap width, the refractive index of gap and the SIL arc analyzed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1793-1794
Number of pages2
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Issue number3 B
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999



  • Evanescent energy
  • Near field optics
  • Optical data storage
  • Polarization
  • Solid immersion lens
  • Vector diffraction

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  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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