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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 5 — Mar. 2, 2009
  • pp: 3698–3706

Improving the recording ability of a near-field optical storage system by higher-order radially polarized beams

Yaoju Zhang and Jianping Bai  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 5, pp. 3698-3706 (2009)

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Distributions of the optical field in a solid immersion lens recording system are calculated for higher-order radially polarized modes of the incidence. Results show that two higher-order radially polarized modes of R-TEM11* and R-TEM21* are useful to near-field optical recording, but further higher-order modes such as R-TEM31*, R-TEM41*, and R-TEM51* are not useful due to the strong side-lobe intensity. Compared with R-TEM01* beam focusing, the full width at half-maximum of the recording spot is decreased markedly and the focal depth is increased substantially by using R-TEM11* beam focusing. The effect of the beam width of the R-TEM11* mode is also discussed.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(180.4243) Microscopy : Near-field microscopy
(210.4245) Optical data storage : Near-field optical recording

ToC Category:
Optical Data Storage

Original Manuscript: September 8, 2008
Revised Manuscript: October 31, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: November 19, 2008
Published: February 24, 2009

Yaoju Zhang and Jianping Bai, "Improving the recording ability of a near-field optical storage system by higher-order radially polarized beams," Opt. Express 17, 3698-3706 (2009)

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