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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 18 — Sep. 1, 2008
  • pp: 13713–13719

Photonic nanojet-enabled optical data storage

Soon-Cheol Kong, Alan Sahakian, Allen Taflove, and Vadim Backman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 18, pp. 13713-13719 (2008)

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We show that our recently reported microwave photonic jet technique for detection of deeply subwavelength pits in a metal substrate can be extended to optical wavelengths for purposes of high-density data storage. Three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain computational solutions of Maxwell’s equations are used to optimize the photonic nanojet and pit configuration to account for the Drude dispersion of an aluminum substrate in the spectral range near λ=400 nm. Our results show that nanojet-illuminated pits having lateral dimensions of only 50 nm×80 nm yield a contrast ratio 27 dB greater than previously reported using a lens system for pits of similar area. Such pits are much smaller than BluRay™ features. The high detection contrast afforded by the photonic nanojet could potentially yield significant increases in data density and throughput relative to current commercial optical data-storage systems while retaining the basic geometry of the storage medium.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(210.0210) Optical data storage : Optical data storage
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering

ToC Category:
Optical Data Storage

Original Manuscript: June 5, 2008
Revised Manuscript: July 12, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 16, 2008
Published: August 21, 2008

Soon-Cheol Kong, Alan Sahakian, Allen Taflove, and Vadim Backman, "Photonic nanojet-enabled optical data storage," Opt. Express 16, 13713-13719 (2008)

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