Effect of saturable response to two-photon absorption on the readout signal level of three-dimensional bit optical data storage in a photochromic polymer

Gu, Min; Amistoso, Jose Omar; Toriumi, Akiko; Irie, Masahiro; Kawata, Satoshi
July 2001
Applied Physics Letters;7/9/2001, Vol. 79 Issue 2
Academic Journal
We observe a saturable change in the refractive index induced by two-photon absorption in a photochromic polymer, while the erasable nature of the polymer is maintained. As a result, the support region of spatial frequencies of the recorded data bits caused by the refractive index change in the polymer is enlarged. This feature leads to the significant enhancement of the signal level in a reflection confocal microscope readout system for three-dimensional photochromic bit optical data storage. © 2001 American Institute of Physics.


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