On a thermally induced readout mechanism in super-resolution optical disks

Masashi Kuwahara, Takayuki Shima, Paul Fons, Toshio Fukaya, Junji Tominaga

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We have simultaneously measured the carrier-to-noise ratio (CNR) as well as the transmitted and reflected light intensities from platinum oxide based super-resolution near-field structure (PtOx super-RENS) disks. The the reflected and transmitted light intensities were found to decrease and increase, respectively, as the CNR value increased. The phase-change material AgInSbTe (AIST) used in PtOx super-RENS disks was found to exhibit a strong optical nonlinearity with respect to readout laser power. AIST becomes transparent at higher laser powers. To ascertain whether the presence of Pt nanoparticles is important to the readout mechanism, a super-RENS disk was fabricated in which the PtOx layer was replaced with a metal-free phthalocyanine (H2Pc) layer and the CNR of the H2Pc disk was measured. From the observation that the CNR value was equivalent to that of a disk made using PtOx, we conclude that the presence of nanoparticles does not play an important role in the super-RENS readout mechanism. Finally, we also investigated the use of Si and the alloy Ge 2Sb2Te5 in lieu of AIST in a super-RENS disk and simple three layer structure disks. The super-resolution effect was observed for all disk types. Based upon these observations, we discuss the possibility of a thermal origin for the super-resolution effect in all super-resolution disks.

Original languageEnglish
Article number043106
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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