A novel approach using the self-cleaning effect of photoeatalyst TiO 2 film was proposed and studied experimentally to solve the critical contamination issues in solid immersion lens (SIL) based near-field recording (NFR). To evaluate the feasibility of the self-cleaning approach, the surface of a hemispherical (half-ball) SIL and a glass disk were coated with TiO 2 film which constituted the final layer of an antireflection (AR) coating for better optical transmittance. The hydrophilic property of the TiO2-coated SIL and disk was confirmed by the contact angle measurement with deionized water after thermal treatment to form an anatase structure and by the irradiation of UV light. To determine the effectiveness of the self-cleaning effect, a removal test was conducted with different contaminants such as a fingerprint and laser toner particles. The effects of the wavelength and intensity of UV light were tested over a range of irradiation times. The air flow during the rotation of the disk was also helpful for removing the contaminants. From the experimental results, it was confirmed that the self-cleaning effect of photoeatalyst TiO2 film is very effective for removing organic contaminants from the surfaces of an SIL and disk, which means that this approach can be applied to SIL-based NFR systems.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)