Optical data storage readout with quadrant pupil detection

T. D. Milster, Z. Chen, E. P. Walker, M. T. Tuell, E. C. Gage

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A novel detection scheme that uses combinations of quadrant signals derived in a pupil of the optical system is described for optical storage devices. The signals arise because of an asymmetry in the reflected light distribution when the focused spot scans data with a nonzero tracking offset. Theoretical and scalar diffraction characterization indicates that the signals may be useful for improved data density by reducing intertrack interference (cross talk). The signals may also be useful for providing a tracking error signal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2471-2476
Number of pages6
JournalApplied optics
Issue number14
StatePublished - May 10 1996


  • Cross talk
  • High-density recording
  • Magneto-optics
  • Optical data storage
  • Tracking error signal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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