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IRISTER - magneto-optical disk for magnetically induced SuperResolution

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4 Author(s)
Kaneko, M. ; Corp. Res. Labs., Sony Corp., Tokyo, Japan ; Aratani, K. ; Fukumoto, A. ; Miyaoka, Senri

IRISTER (IRIS Thermal Eclipse Reading) is a remarkable technique for achieving superresolution in optical disks. Two applications of IRISTER are Magnetically induced SuperResolution (MSR) and Premastered optical disk by SuperResolution (PSR). Magnetically induced SuperResolution (MSR) has been realized in magneto-optical disks using exchange-coupled magnetic multilayer films. Two new detection methods have been developed. In the front aperture detection (FAD) method, the heated area in the light spot works as an optical mask so that the signal is read out only from the remaining crescent-shaped area in the spot. In the rear aperture detection (RAD) method, the signal is read out only from the heated area. The cutoff spatial frequency for both types of detection is more than two times higher than that in conventional detection. A high C/N of 42 dB is obtained in the MSR disks by both methods for a mark length of 0.3 μm, which is much shorter than the optical limit. Premastered optical disk by SuperResolution (PSR) has been realized in read-only optical disks using phase-change materials. In the front aperture detection (FAD) method for PSR, the prerecorded signal is read out only from the high reflective crescent-shaped area in the light spot, because the reflectance of the heated area is too low. A C/N of 51 dB for a mark length of 0.3 μm has been obtained for the PSR disk

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:82 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

Apr 1994

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