Integrated device with diffractive polarization components for a magneto-optical disk head

Charles W. Haggans, Teruo Fujita, Raymond K. Kostuk

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The optical components in the detection train of a conventional magneto-optical (M-O) disk head include a half-wave plate and a polarization beamsplitter. These polarization components are bulky and require specialized mounting hardware. In order to realize a more compact head, we propose that these elements be replaced by an integrated device composed of cascaded volume and surface-relief gratings. In this paper, we describe the proposed system, detail designs for the individual elements, compare theoretical and prototype element performance, and discuss the operational tolerances of these elements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-57
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1992
EventOptical Data Storage Topical Meeting 1992 - San Jose, United States
Duration: Feb 9 1992Feb 14 1992

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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