Applications of photonic crystals in optical data storage

Tao Liu, Armis R. Zakharian, R. Rathnakumar, M. Fallahi, J. V. Moloney, M. Mansuripur

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We propose the general idea of constructing an ultra-compact optical pickup based on photonic crystals. A few of the optical components necessary for various functions of an optical head are designed and analyzed. These include a waveguide with a sharp bend, a directional coupler, a 3dB beam-splitter, a polarizing beam-splitter, and a Mach-Zehnder interferometer. The Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) method is used to simulate the suggested structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)430-438
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2004
EventOptical Data Storage 2004 - Monterey, CA, United States
Duration: Apr 18 2004Apr 21 2004


  • Integrated optical pickup
  • Micro-optical pickup
  • Photonic crystal pickup

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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