Abstract

A transmission differential phase-contrast microscope with a split detector is used as a readout system for a multilayered three-dimensional optical memory. The system is applicable to data recorded as refractive-index changes. The system is compact and easy to use. The three-dimensional optical transfer function for the system is derived. This shows that the spatial bandwidth of the system is the same as that of a conventional microscope with incoherent illumination but with much improved contrast. Six layers of information are recorded in a photopolymer and are read out with little cross talk and high contrast.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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