Air flow produced by disk rotation in an optical disk drive introduces air borne contaminant particles into the drive, which adhere to the objective lens and generates read/write errors. These particles are a serious problem for high-density storage devices and therefore, the effect of particle contamination in a digital versatile disk-read only memory (DVD-ROM) drive on laser diode power and photo diode RF signal was experimentally investigated. The laser power and amplitude of the photo diode RF were reduced, and the RF jitter was exponentially increased with increasing level of contamination of the lens. In addition, data could not be accessed when the contaminated surface area was greater than 20% of the lens surface area.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)