A study on enhancing data storage capacity and mechanical reliability of solid immersion lens-based near-field recording system

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In this study, several technical issues on solid immersion lens (SIL)-based near-field recording (NFR) are explored, namely, to enhance storage capacity and to guarantee mechanical reliability of the device. For the purpose of enhancing the storage capacity of the NFR system, two optical configurations using radial polarization and dual recording layers are proposed. Through a feasibility analysis of the proposed optical configuration with radial polarization, it was determined that illumination of radial polarization is not a suitable solution to achieve higher areal density. To apply highly focusing characteristics of incidence of radial polarized light to cover-layer protected data storage, an annular pupil filtering method was introduced. Complete field analysis of the proposed dual layered NFR optics verified its feasibility, and the assembly of the SIL of the proposed model was successfully achieved. In addition, to improve mechanical reliability of the SIL-based NFR system, improved near-field (NF) air-gap servo methods and air flow analysis around the low part of the SIL have been evaluated. With improved NF gap servo methods using an error-based disturbance observer (EDOB) on a base air-gap controller, residual gap errors were markebly reduced by 26.26% while controlling the NF air-gap to 30 nm. Air flow near the head media interface was visualized and an undesirable effect of backward flow climbing from the bottom surface of the SIL was ovserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6646-6654
Number of pages9
JournalJapanese journal of applied physics
Issue number8 PART 2
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Aug 22


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  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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