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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 17 — Aug. 15, 2011
  • pp: 16096–16105

Resolution-limited optical recording in 3D

Susanna Orlic, Enrico Dietz, Sven Frohmann, and Jens Rass  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 17, pp. 16096-16105 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.016096


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Abstract

We present an optical write / read system for high density optical data storage in 3-D. The microholographic approach relies on submicron-sized reflection gratings that encode the digital data. As in conventional optical data storage, the physical limitations are imposed by both the diffraction of light and resolution of the recording material. We demonstrate resolution-limited volume recording in photopolymer materials sensitive in the green and violet spectral range. The volume occupied by a micrograting scales down by the transition in the write / read wavelength. Readout yields a micrograting width of 306 nm at 532 nm and 197 nm at 405 nm. To our knowledge these are the smallest volume holograms ever recorded. The recordings demonstrate the potential of the technique for volumetric optical structuring, data storage and encryption.

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OCIS Codes
(090.7330) Holography : Volume gratings
(210.2860) Optical data storage : Holographic and volume memories
(210.4770) Optical data storage : Optical recording
(210.4810) Optical data storage : Optical storage-recording materials
(160.5335) Materials : Photosensitive materials

ToC Category:
Optical Data Storage

History
Original Manuscript: May 19, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 22, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 24, 2011
Published: August 8, 2011

Citation
Susanna Orlic, Enrico Dietz, Sven Frohmann, and Jens Rass, "Resolution-limited optical recording in 3D," Opt. Express 19, 16096-16105 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-17-16096


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